20th April 2020

Awake or Asleep?

“Your dead will live; their bodies will rise. You who dwell in the dust, wake up and shout for joy. Your dew is like the dew of the morning; the earth will give birth to her dead.”
Isaiah 26:19 (NIV)

My daughter has a friend who rings her every morning to say, “Good Morning,” and every evening to say, “Good Night.” We have such a friend too, though too often we fail to answer the phone. It is good to remember who it is who closes our eyes every night and who opens our eyes every morning. We don’t and cannot bring ourselves back from a state of sleep to consciousness every day. Skeptics might protest that it’s the light that wakens us, or the noise of an alarm, or something else, but I’m afraid that without God’s touch we would never wake up again. “I lie down and sleep; I wake again because the Lord sustains me” (Psalm 3:5). God is the one who has the power of life and death, the power to open our eyes or shut them, today and every day, for every one of the millions of us humans who inhabit the earth. Hebrews 1:3 reminds us that Christ is the one “sustaining all things by his powerful word.”

A day will come for each of us when we will no longer wake up again on this earth. In fact, on average 150,000 people a day will never wake up on this earth, or see another day. How wonderful to know that on the day one dies the Lord our God is caring for them and calling them to himself.

Jesus is the one who tells Martha and us: “I am the resurrection and the life. Those who believe in me will live, even though they die, and whoever lives and believes in me will never die. Do you believe this?” (John:11:25–26). Indeed, all of us who have entrusted our lives to the Lord have this hope: “He died for us so that, whether we are awake or asleep, we may live together with him” (1 Thessalonians 5:10), which is the hope that the Old Testament saints believed, as our header scripture claims. United to Christ believers will be resurrected to life with Christ forever.

Prayer
Lord, let us hear your voice in the morning, and find sleep for our eyes at night, in the sure confidence that you are the one who has our times in your hands. Thank you, Lord.
Amen

Study by Christina Campbell
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About the Author:
Christina Campbell attends the Glasgow congregation of Grace Communion International in the UK, where she is an occasional speaker and Bible Study facilitator.

Local Congregation:
Gracecom Glasgow
St Stevens Presbytery
(Garnethill Room)
260 Bath Street
GLASGOW
G2 4JP

Meeting time:
Sunday 11:15am

Local Congregational Contact:
Ian Smillie
Phone: 01505 348758
Email: glasgow@gracecom.church

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