Slumber – The Sin Effect

Proverbs 6:10 -11 A little sleep, a little slumber, A little folding of the hands to sleep: So your poverty will come as a robber, And your scarcity as an armed man.

Sin has an anesthetic effect in our lives. We struggle with to keep ourselves awake and alert but often we get knocked out to a total slumber. We cannot keep up with the effect it has on us. It is even s with the so called Christians who think they know Christ and know about salvation ad its requirements, they know it all; once you know it there is no more to it, or so it appears! That is why we are warned in Revelation that as Laodiceans not to hot or cold (Rev. 3:14-19). Sin is sedative in fact it acts like a general anesthesia, slowly but surely causing us to drift into a deep sleep.  

It was pronounce of men after sin that In the sweat of thy face shalt thou eat bread, till thou return unto the ground..” Gen. 3:19 we have to work to make a living. Hard work is what we ought to be engaged in for us to live better, to place food on our table and make necessary provisions for us and members of our family. Life is hard and without that hard labor, it can be difficult to even have a single square meal then poverty lingers. “Love not sleep, lest you come to poverty; open your eyes, and you will have plenty of bread.” (Prov. 20:13 ESV)

Spiritual poverty comes in the same way as does the physical and social poverty. Sinful living allows that anesthetic effect to take control of our lives eventually causing a total slumber. That is when spiritual poverty sets in. When we think we know yet we do not know, when we tell others good news yet we are headed for hell, when we profess to be Adventists waiting for the second advent of Jesus yet our names may not be in the book of life. We think we know it all, therefore we have stopped our diligence in searching the scriptures, the will of God.

It will do us good to become wise as the wise virgins, they slept like others but having put their lives right, the foolish ones slept without setting things right and that marked a terrible end for them. Do not sleep (whether physical, spiritual or even death) before you set your life ready for eternity. Waking up time will be an action time; it will also be judgment time, no time for anything else.

Spiritual poverty is an advantage to some but to some it is a chosen path. Jesus said in the Sermon on the Mount “Blessed are the poor in spirit for theirs is the kingdom of Heaven.” (Matt. 5:3 KJV) such poverty drives people to seek and search for the bread of life “Bread of Heaven feed me till I want no more” that would be their desire but some poverty is caused by laziness and carelessness in the things that matters for our future. We take for granted the seriousness of sin. It also spells the misplaced priorities in our lives. The later is not the poverty referred to by Jesus it does not seek for more, it is satisfied with its status and thus block that much needed spiritual growth. This kind of poverty blocks our view of God’s riches.

“To be poor in spirit is to be never satisfied with present attainments in the Christian life, but to be ever reaching up for more and more of the grace of Christ. The poor in spirit is one who looks upon the perfection of Jesus’ character, and sees his own unlikeness to him who is glorious in holiness. The poor in spirit is one who is ever responding to the drawing of Christ, and who is obtaining nearer and nearer views of the perfect righteousness of Christ, and in contrast sees his own unworthiness and unlikeness to his Lord.” E. G. White {Signs of the Times, May 9, 1892 par. 2}

By A. Eliamani

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