A soporific influence?

(by Horatius Bonar)

“Let us not sleep as others do.” 1 Thes. 5:6

We all have a tendency to slumber.

As the disciples, both on the transfiguration

hill and in Gethsemane, fell asleep, so do we

in the most solemn circumstances and times.

The atmosphere of earth seems loaded with

slumberous vapors. This present evil world

exercises a soporific influence.

Satan, its god, the prince of the power of

the air, does all he can to lull us asleep.

It is a struggle to keep awake.

Hence the necessity for the solemn and

startling words “awake,” “arise,” “watch.”

Be ever on your guard, as sentinels at their

post; as watchmen on the towers of some

beleaguered fort; as seamen navigating

some difficult stream with windings, and

sand banks, and rapids; or as servants

sitting up at night to wait for their master’s


“What I say unto you, I say unto all, watch.”

“Be vigilant, for your adversary the devil

walks about as a roaring lion, seeking

whom he may devour.”

In the midst of a heedless world and an

unwatchful church, how needful the perpetual

warning, “Watch.” And all the more as we see

the day approaching. The more that we see a

world “sleeping;” or wasting its hours in vanity,

and pleasure, and lust, and gaiety, the more

let us feel the necessity for resisting the wide

spread influence, and keeping awake.

“Let us not sleep as others do.” 1 Thes. 5:6

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