Why is it so hard to stay awake in church?
I can’t be the only one to think this. I can rule out boredom because even in the midst of a very intriguing sermon, I still find my eyes closing, my head nodding. I could say it’s because of the horrible back pain that makes it nearly impossible to sleep through the full night. That during the week, I can’t sleep as deeply because I’m at work, always having to be ready and aware of my client, so exhaustion just catches up with me when I’m sitting for an hour and a half in a warm room.
I could say that.
But really? There is a better answer, a truer answer, an answer that shines the light on the depth of the question.
It’s rather simple in its complexity.
Why do I fall asleep in church so easily? Because Satan lets me sleep.
What better way for Satan to disconnect me from learning more about God?
What better way for the Scripture’s truth not to sink into my mind?
What better way for me to not be a part of the Body of Christ’s worship?
Satan lets me sleep at the most horrible time because he doesn’t want me to learn about God. He doesn’t want me to bring God’s wisdom into both my mind and my heart. He doesn’t want me to remember what I learned, to pay attention and really dig into what I know.
Now, I’m not a demon alarmist. I do not think a demon is behind EVERY SINGLE one of my bad actions.
As I have said more than once: I can walk myself all the way into Hell by myself without the help of any demon, but walking to the gates of Heaven, I need the blood of Christ, the helping hand of the Holy Spirit, and an abundance of faith and grace to get to the Father’s side.
I don’t think that I need Satan tempting me at every turn or influencing me.
I am perfectly capable in all my broken sinful ways to cause problems all on my own. But, I do think that if there something directly hindering our ability to learn about God and the Gospels, Satan probably has his fingers in it.
He doesn’t want us to learn ways of keeping him out of our heads. He wants to continue to be the prince of lies in our conscience, and how do you do that? Extinguish the light that the truth brings.
Satan and his minions work overtime on Sundays, I’m sure.
Don’t you find it odd that Sunday is the day you sleep past your alarm?
Sunday is the day that is the ONLY day to get anything done?
Why waste two hours at church when you can be running errands or cleaning your house for the following week?
In a family situation, Sundays seem rift with tensions, parents yelling at each other for not getting something done. Children cranky because their sibling hit them, dogs getting lose, cats making messes. Parties seem to be held on Sunday and you have to travel.
THERE IS ALWAYS SOMETHING ON SUNDAY!
It’s a choice.
A choice to get up in the morning, a choice to put a smile on your face, a choice to pray instead of yell. A choice to stay awake during the sermon and not get annoyed with the children who are squirming in the pew in front of you.
We have the free will to allow Satan to control us and keep us from hearing the message or the free will to listen.
I’m choosing to do some more prayer before I go in to the service, and hopefully with more discipline I can stay awake this Sunday.
Just because Satan lets me sleep, doesn’t mean I have to.