‘Wake up, wake up, O Zion! Clothe yourself with strength’ Isaiah 52:1 NLT
It has been said that we become closer to God when God discovers Himself in us. In other words, when God’s longing for us connects with our longing or God, we enter the deeper life in Christ. All that remains is for us to wake-up to this fact.
However, this is not a one-size-fits all process; such a wake-up can come gradually or suddenly, peacefully or with much travail, to someone who is already a Christian or to someone who has no idea who Christ is.
Think for a moment how we wake up in the physical. Sometimes we awake long before the alarm and we wake-up gradually. Other times we are startled into alertness by the sudden, buzzing noise or music of an alarm clock. We were asleep and now we are awake.
Is it any different to how we are awakened in Christ?
A wake-up call from God, whether gently or abruptly usually means a season of transition or change in our spiritual life.
A wake-up call from God comes when you are least expecting it. There are no limits to the means. They come through many different expressions, for example:
- Hearing a song
- Reading a book or just a seeing a word
- Being out in nature
- A tough business meeting
- A crisis of some sort
- A dream
- Someone says something to you
A wake-up call from God become a learning experience and not as punishment. This becomes clearer when we remember that God is motivated by love and has tremendous concern for us each.
A wake-up call from God forces us to rethink our priorities. It reminds us what really matters in life. God loves us so much He takes a constant, personal interest in our life. He wants to keep us close to Him, so close that we talk with Him and depend on Him all through our day, every day. And isn’t that the kind of heavenly father we long for?
A wake-up call from God is a gracious call. Throughout the Bible, God’s gracious attributes are mentioned. It says that God is gracious, compassionate, and slow to anger. Aren’t you glad He does not have a short fuse?? He is abounding in loving-kindness.
A wake-up call from God is a demanding call. God is not in the asking business. He is in the telling mode. Have you found that out? Throughout the Old Testament we see His chosen people, Israel continually turning from God. And each time He called them back He demanded – sackcloth, burlap, fasting, weeping and mourning; it is very serious. These may be responses He may call us to do as well.
A wake-up call from God is a rewarding call. On many of the times when God called Israel to repent and they obeyed, He forgave then and affirmed what the Lord was going to do.
My most recent wake-up call came when the Holy Spirit brought to my mind the verse out of Ezekiel ‘I looked for someone among them who would build up the wall and stand before me in the gap on behalf of the land, so I would not have to destroy it, but I found no one.‘ (Ezekiel 22:30).
He revealed, “Today your family is facing greater challenges than ever before, but you need not be intimidated!” I paused and thought for a moment at what we are going through now – finding a new church, work changes and challenges, prolonged and ongoing sickness and/or injuries in all our children and no clear diagnosis of what is wrong, a breakdown in family relationships … to name a few. Now I sensed the Lord had abruptly awakened me and called me to a more determined, intentional and focused call, stronger than I had experienced ever before for me to stand in the gap on behalf of my family. He then encouraged me by saying: “Don’t be discouraged, and don’t give into dismay. Those who walk with God will walk in His supernatural enablement. Nothing you will face in this season of shaking and uncertainty is unknown to God. He is ready for it! He has a plan, and His plan includes pouring on you fresh oil for the new appointments you face!” Strengthened by His word I humbly prayed, “O Lord, I don’t know what all this means for our future, but I am the one awakened by your call today and I am willing to obey. I was reminded that He is here.”
If you’ve had a wake-up call, I would encourage you to wake-up to what God is saying to you today.