Sometimes I have bought a movie ticket and fallen asleep during the movie. Has that ever happened to you? I figure, “hey, I bought the ticket, I can watch or not watch”! I have the opportunity to teach and preach nearly every week. I am not trying to entertain, but I think I am somewhat interesting to listen to. My audience has a number of older adults and some get a little sleepy and close their eyes. I am not insulted because I know my voice is soothing and the same happened to the great apostle Paul! I think the Bible is exciting and I would feel bad if I make the Word of God dull. Some people are sleep walking right through life without any conscious awareness of God’s love and role in their lives. Now, that’s a shame.
On the first day of the week, when we were gathered together to break bread, Paul began talking to them, intending to leave the next day, and he prolonged his message until midnight. There were many lamps in the upstairs room where we were gathered together. And there was a young man named Eutychus sitting on the window sill, sinking into a deep sleep; and as Paul kept on talking, Eutychus was overcome by sleep and fell down from the third floor, and was picked up dead. But Paul went down and fell upon him, and after embracing him, he said, “Do not be troubled, for he is still alive.” When Paul had gone back up and had broken the bread and eaten, he talked with them a long while until daybreak, and then left. They took away the boy alive, and were [l]greatly comforted. Acts 20:8-12 NASB
Have I ever gotten drowsy reading or listening to the Bible or a sermon? Is the Word of God still a priority in my life?
God, as this day begins- I declare again that I love the Bible and believe its the revelation You intended to guide my life. May I start each day with it and throughout the day rely upon Your precepts, laws, instruction and love. Help me be a blessing today to all I meet because I was prepared by Your Holy Word. Amen.