Sunday, 10 August 2008

Are you sleeping?

Yesterday, I went to see the Chronicles of Narnia - Prince Caspian. I loved it! C.S. Lewis created a masterpiece in writing the Chronicles of Narnia and brilliantly allows us to see the person of Jesus Christ in the character of Aslan the lion. The following scene was one of my favourites in the movie.

Basically, the movie is about the fight against evil. The main characters draw up their battle plans, make all the necessary preparations and put absolutely everything into this fight. But they do not succeed. Instead, they are being defeated to the point where it is almost over for them. How could this happen? They did not look for Aslan and seek his help, but tried to do it in their own strength. It is not until Lucy goes on the search for Aslan and finds him that the tables are about to be turned. Aslan tells Lucy: "Now, I think your friends have slept long enough, don't you?" What a way to describe the actions of Lucy's friends. Throughout the film, we see them fighting almost incessantly and putting all their efforts into it, but Aslan says they have been sleeping. Without his help, they might as well have slept, because they managed to accomplish nothing other than defeat.

Martin Luther wrote the following words in his famous hymn "A mighty fortress is our God":

Did we in our own strength confide,
Our striving would be losing;
Were not the right Man on our side,
The Man of God's own choosing.
Dost ask who that may be?
Christ Jesus, it is He;
Lord Sabaoth, His name,
From age to age the same,
And He must win the battle.

I just wonder how many of us are struggling in our daily life and fighting against various forms of evil in our own strength, only to realise that we are getting nowhere other than conceding defeat time and time again. Isn't it time we stopped "sleeping" and wake up to the reality that we need God to help us in our struggles? He has already promised that He will.

Psalm 50:15 says,

And call upon me in the day of trouble: I will deliver thee, and thou shalt glorify me.

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