Psalms 121:4, Behold, he that keepeth Israel shall neither slumber nor sleep.
Mark 14:37, “And he cometh, and findeth them sleeping, and saith unto Peter, Simon, sleepest thou? couldest not thou watch one hour?”
Here is a remarkable contrast. A watchful Saviour but sleeping saints. The Lord will not so much as slumber, never mind sleep. The disciples on the other hand cannot remain vigilant for even one hour of watch duty. The Captain is always awake but the soldiers are asleep. Falling asleep while on sentry duty is a serious offence. The Athenian General Iphicrates was much admired by Alexander the Great for his military skill. He was however a merciless Commander when he caught watchmen sleeping. Once during the Corinthian Wars he visited the guards on the walls of Corinth. In the process of doing this he found a sleeping watchman. Rather than wake and rebuke the man he thrust him through with his sword. In recalling the story later, Iphicrates said, "Dead I found him, and dead I left him!" The Apostles were glad that their Captain is rich in mercy. He found them sleeping again and again and only gently rebuked them. How rich in grace is our dear Lord! How steeped in folly are His saints! Still, we must avoid presumptuous sinning and obey the Lord when He says, “Take ye heed, watch and pray: for ye know not when the time is” (Mark 13:33).
Spurgeon said, “Now, what do I see in Samson while he lies asleep in Delilah's lap. I see peril of the deadliest sort. The Philistines are not asleep. When the good man slumbers and ceases to watch, Satan does not slumber, and temptations do not cease to waylay him.“
Psalms 27:5, “For in the time of trouble he shall hide me in his pavilion: in the secret of his tabernacle shall he hide me; he shall set me up upon a rock.” God’s people are as liable to become anxious as much as those who have...[ abbreviated | read entire ]
Isaiah 46:4, “And even to your old age I am he; and even to hoar hairs will I carry you: I have made, and I will bear; even I will carry, and will deliver you.” In this life God has never promised that all our days would be good days....[ abbreviated | read entire ]
Mark 4:19, “And the cares of this world, and the deceitfulness of riches, and the lusts of other things entering in, choke the word, and it becometh unfruitful.” The Lord says, “the thorns...choke the word” (Matthew 13:22)....[ abbreviated | read entire ]
Ephesians 6:8, “Knowing that whatsoever good thing any man doeth, the same shall he receive of the Lord, whether he be bond or free.” The principal as stated here is a general one. But the context of this statement is Paul’s...[ abbreviated | read entire ]
Psalms 84:10, “For a day in thy courts is better than a thousand. I had rather be a doorkeeper in the house of my God, than to dwell in the tents of wickedness.” A day with God in His house is better than a long time passed in any...[ abbreviated | read entire ]
Psalms 132:5 “Until I find out a place for the LORD, an habitation for the mighty God of Jacob.” Is the Lord getting His proper place in our lives? It was a concern of David the king to find the best place for the Lord. It ought to be...[ abbreviated | read entire ]
Obadiah 1:3, “The pride of thine heart hath deceived thee... “ This is a real danger to every man. Not even the Christian is exempt from this danger. Every heart is as described in Jeremiah 17:9, “deceitful above all things, and...[ abbreviated | read entire ]
Psalm 119:105, “Thy word is a lamp unto my feet, and a light unto my path.” Today is the anniversary of the death of the Swiss Reformer Ulrich Zwingli. He was born a couple of months after Martin Luther. He died on the field in the...[ abbreviated | read entire ]
Acts 9:11, “And the Lord said unto him, Arise, and go into the street which is called Straight, and enquire in the house of Judas for one called Saul, of Tarsus: for, behold, he prayeth.” The praying of Saul in a new manner, with...[ abbreviated | read entire ]
1 Corinthians 9:22, “To the weak became I as weak, that I might gain the weak: I am made all things to all men, that I might by all means save some.” In these words we see how Paul was a soul winner. Today is the anniversary of David...[ abbreviated | read entire ]