By Omar Rojas
When I attended Vanguard University in my pursuit of studying the Scriptures, I had a professor talk about the sleepwalker. This is the kind of person that gets caught up in the routine of doing, of attending church, serving, while neglecting to simply be with God. He spoke of how it happened to him for many years as a pastor. It was until he had a health condition that forced him to rest and be with God.
You see, the sleepwalker is like the desert-wandering Israelite. No faith. No vision. No victory. If there’s something that the desert-wandering Israelite accomplished, it was 40 years of purposeless walking—walking for the sake of time to run out so that the next generation could take a hold of God’s promise. Imagine that. That is hardly an accomplishment. There is no question to whether the sleepwalker knows how to walk. The question is about purpose in their walk.
I have to admit; this past month and a half or so, I have struggled to pursue God. I have struggled to read and to pray. I have been sleepwalking through my spiritual life and I have paid for it. My mind is infiltrated with negativity and my heart with bitterness. I am “good” at hiding this but my thoughts ramble on like weeds that knot up fruitfulness and thorns that choke life. The truth is that I am starving and an anemic lion has no power. As I write this in tears, I find myself surrendering to God.
I am sure you can relate. There is more. God desires for you to simply be with him; to enjoy his companionship and spend some quality time with him. His joy is plentiful and life with him is incomparable. May you find a breakthrough from monotony and be refreshed as you search him with all your heart. From the depth of my heart I say this; may you be encouraged in God’s love and truth for your life. Break free from being a sleepwalker.
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In Jesus, God descended into our brokenness to be with us, to love us, and to save us. In that Bethlehem inn, God became man that he might know our joys and our suffering, and that we might know God in a personal way.
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