- in the context of Israel not waking up to what was going on around them – “Then the Lord awoke as from sleep, like a mighty man who shouts because of wine.” (Psalm 78:65)
- in the context of getting out of sin – “Therefore He says: “Awake, you who sleep, arise from the dead, and Christ will give you light.”” (Ephesians 5:14)
- in the context of being given direction in life – ” Then Jacob awoke from his sleep and said, “Surely the Lord is in this place, and I did not know it.”” (Genesis 28:16)
Without doing damage to the original context with too much cut and paste here, the point is not that God actually sleeps or that our direction in life comes from dreams – the point is that it’s important to not test the patience of God. We must wake up from our spiritual slumber lest we find out too late that the Lord was with us but we were not with the Lord. Ignorance only goes so far (Acts 17:30) and that length is not one that we should be interested in measuring out. We must listen to the alarm before the alarm quits talking and the Lord starts shouting. Sound like a parable to anyone? Maybe one from somewhere around Matthew 25:1-13?