How long will you lie there, O sluggard? When will you arise from your sleep?

A little sleep, a little slumber, a little folding of the hands to rest,  and poverty will come upon you like a robber, and want like an armed man.

Proverbs 6:9-11

Have you ever driven somewhere, without really remembering how you got there?  It’s easy to “zone-out,” as we get lost in thinking about the pending appointment, the upcoming job interview, the possible health issue, or even just the long list of responsibilities you need to complete by 5pm.  It’s a part of our human make-up, and we all do it.

However, how often have you “pinched” yourself to make sure you aren’t sleepwalking through life?  Going through the motions of daily routine with little effort or thought.  Accomplishing the minimum required tasks but failing to put any heart into it.  Feeling dead inside.  Not feeling, not caring…not really living…sleepwalking.

So often, we get lost in the trials and tribulations we are involved in.  We wallow in the pain and grief that they bring, and we find solace in the fact that we don’t need to exude any unnecessary energy in order to get through the day.  However, this is not fulfilling God’s will for our lives.  Failure to obey God is always sin.

So whoever knows the right thing to do and fails to do it, for him it is sin. James 4:17

Maybe you are in such a fog that you just don’t feel that you know what you should be doing or feeling right now.  Maybe your avoidance simply comes from a lack of direction.  Let’s look at a few key instructions on how we are to live our daily lives.

1.  Everything should be done faithfully, with our whole heart.

Only fear the LORD and serve him faithfully with all your heart. For consider what great things he has done for you. 1 Samuel 12:24

Blessed are those who keep his testimonies, who seek him with their whole heart. Psalm 119:2

Give me understanding, that I may keep your law and observe it with my whole heart. Psalm 119:34

And you, Solomon my son, know the God of your father and serve him with a whole heart and with a willing mind, for the LORD searches all hearts and understands every plan and thought. If you seek him, he will be found by you, but if you forsake him, he will cast you off forever. 1 Chronicles 28:9

And every work that he undertook in the service of the house of God and in accordance with the law and the commandments, seeking his God, he did with all his heart, and prospered. 2 Chronicles 31:21

2.  Everything should be done for the glory of God.

So, whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God. 1 Corinthians 10:31

Call upon me in the day of trouble; I will deliver you, and you shall glorify me. Psalm 50:15

For you were bought with a price. So glorify God in your body. 1 Corinthians 6:20

Yet if anyone suffers as a Christian, let him not be ashamed, but let him glorify God in that name. 1 Peter 4:16

3.  Everything should be done to sharpen others around you in the faith.

Therefore encourage one another and build one another up, just as you are doing. 1 Thessalonians 5:11

And we urge you, brothers, admonish the idle, encourage the fainthearted, help the weak, be patient with them all. 1 Thessalonians 5:14

Preach the word; be ready in season and out of season; reprove, rebuke, and exhort, with complete patience and teaching. 2 Timothy 4:2

4.  Everything should be completed with your best effort.

But all things should be done decently and in order. 1 Corinthians 14:40

Whatever you do, work heartily, as for the Lord and not for men. Colossians 3:23

5.  Everything should be done through God’s strength.

I can do all things through him who strengthens me. Philippians 4:13

O LORD, you hear the desire of the afflicted; you will strengthen their heart; you will incline your ear. Psalm 10:17

The LORD is my strength and my shield; in him my heart trusts, and I am helped; my heart exults, and with my song I give thanks to him. Psalm 28:7

Seek the LORD and his strength; seek his presence continually! Psalm 105:4

Have you not known? Have you not heard? The Lord is the everlasting God, the Creator of the ends of the earth. He does not faint or grow weary; his understanding is unsearchable. He gives power to the faint, and to him who has no might he increases strength. Even youths shall faint and be weary, and young men shall fall exhausted; but they who wait for the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings like eagles; they shall run and not be weary; they shall walk and not faint.  Isaiah 40:30-31


So, WAKE UP!! and live a victorious and fulfilled Christian life to the glory of God!

Besides this you know the time, that the hour has come for you to wake from sleep. For salvation is nearer to us now than when we first believed. Romans 13:11

Original material by Holly M. Besser, ©2012.  May not be used or re-printed without permission.  bp24p01-20-13

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2 thoughts on “Sleepwalking

  1. Holly, I felt deja vu when reading this post because God is speaking to me AGAIN about how easily I can become programmed to drive through life on auto pilot. Thanks for allowing Him to use you to remind me.
    Keep the Faith!

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