THE SLEEP OF DEATH
By Wayne S. Walker
"Consider and hear me, O LORD my God; enlighten my eyes, lest I sleep the sleep of death" (Psalm 13.3). Every now and then we hear of some tragedy where a house caught on fire in the night and someone in the house was such a deep sleeper that he or she did not wake up until it was too late and thus perished in the fire. That would literally be the sleep of death. While we are always saddened when we learn of such things, how much more serious are those who sleep the sleep of death in moral and spiritual matters.
The culture of our nation is obviously in deep, deep trouble. Even a casual look at the newspaper or at television ne (let alone watching the television shows, seeing the movies, or listening to the music of our day) shows that things are being promoted in our society which are openly in violation of God’s will. The Bible plainly tells us what God thinks of this. "Righteousness exalts a nation, but sin is a reproach to any people" (Proverbs 14.34). Yet, many otherwise good people blithely support and vote for candidates who publicly endorse such things as abortion and homosexuality. Are they sleeping the sleep of death?
The situation in many homes is just about as bad. As Christians, we are supposed to bring our children up in the nurture and admonition of the Lord (Ephesians 6:4). Yet, many parents who claim to be believers in the Lord decide that they should "let their children make their own decisions about religion" and apparently never really seek to impress upon those children’s minds the importance of spiritual matters; so as soon as the children leave home they seem to have almost no interest in the church or the Lord’s will. Let us not sleep the sleep of death regarding our families.
We also must be concerned about our own souls as well. Too many people are so interested in physical and material things that "the cares of this world and the deceitfulness of riches choke the word" (Matthew 13.22). Even many a church member "entangles himself with the affairs of this life" and is not fit to be a good soldier of Christ (2 Timothy 2.4). We need to ask ourselves the questions, "For what profit is it to a man if he gains the whole world and loses his own soul? Or what will a man give in exchange for his soul?" (Matthew 16.26). All of us need to plead with the Lord to enlighten our eyes lest we "sleep the sleep of death."