Stay Awake

August 16, 2018

Mark 13:35-36…  Therefore stay awake… for you do not know when the master of the house will come, in the evening, or at midnight, or when the rooster crows or in the morning… Lest He come suddenly and find you asleep. And what I say to you I say to all: “Stay awake.”

            When I was a young man, I was pondering, confidently, the lord’s return. I was the song leader at a church and did my job with gusto. Surely God was pleased with me, right? Isn’t that how it works? In one of my patting-my-back sessions, He said, “I will not likely return on a Sunday. I was flustered. I thought, “Please don’t come on a Tuesday or a Friday.” I was not sure I would be on my best behavior on those days.

            Today, I noticed, in these verses, that His references to times… evening, midnight, rooster crowing, morning… were all references to times of sleep. He did not mention noon or heat of the day. He will return at a time when people, in general, sleep. His reference to sleep and staying awake is not about night and day as we know it. It is about spiritual darkness and light.

            I am thinking of a verse in Genesis before the flood:  

Genesis 6:5… The Lord saw that the wickedness of man was great on the earth and that every intention of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually.

            That was when the lord decided to flood the earth and wipe out all mankind except Noah and his family. God gave him the instruction about how to build the ark. He ushered him into the ark and flooded the earth. He judged man wisely.

            “The lord saw that the wickedness of man was great.” The Lord sees such things. Did you know that? As the song says of Santa Clause, it is true of God… “He sees you when you’re sleeping; He knows when you’re awake; He knows if you’ve been bad or good.” When I was a kid, I paid attention to such things. I did not want to be on Santa’s naughty list. Jesus speaks to adults and says, “Stay awake.” I don’t know the day nor the hour of His return, but I do know the times in which we live. These are perilous times. Atheism is more popular than ever and it is reaching out to our young people. It is time to be awake for God.