Shake up to Wake up

The Lord loves us enough to shake us awake, if necessary.

Isaiah 51:17-18 - “Rouse yourself, rouse yourself! Stand up, O Jerusalem, you who have drunk at the hand of the LORD the cup of his wrath, who have drunk to the dregs the bowl of staggering. There is no one to guide her among all the children she has borne; there is no one to take her by the hand among all the children she has brought up.”

I had a roommate in college that would sleep with his eyes open. Yes, it was really freaky and he looked like he was awake, yet fast asleep. This is how our country seems these days. We have slowly allowed moral decay to surround us, as bipartisan politics increases divisions, the national debt balloons out of control, drugs are legalized and babies are killed by choice… this list is much longer than this.  Here is the good news: God is longsuffering, but He also loves us enough to save us from ourselves.  God loves us enough to shake us up and wake us up, when necessary.