I saw a boxer get knocked out because he unwittingly dropped his gloves seconds before the round was over. His opponent, seizing the opportunity, landed a combination that sent him to the canvas. The poor chap didn’t see it coming. He was thinking of the 30 second break he was going to get in between rounds. He probably was dreaming of sitting on that wooden stool, having water poured over his sweaty head, and having gobs of Vaseline smeared on his face. He quit fighting too soon and paid the ultimate price. He got his break all right, but it wasn’t the one he was looking for. Instead of resting in the corner, he was looking up at the lights in the MGM Grand. Fight over.
When I was a kid I viewed summer like a 3-month break from life. I rested from school. I rested from learning. I rested from the demands of life (not that there were many “demands” when I was a kid). Sadly, some seasons I rested from God. Summer is a restful time. Many times it is a memorable time. It can also be a dangerous time.
Summer can be dangerous because we let our guard down. We relax. It’s not wrong to rest, but it’s not advisable to rest for a quarter of the year. When we let our guard down too soon, or too often, we risk getting knocked out. Our opponent doesn’t take the summer off.
Paul writes to the church at Corinth, “Be on the alert, stand firm in the faith, act like men, be strong (1 Cor 16:13, NASB). Ren, this is my prayer for you this summer. I pray that summer may not be a time of spiritual lethargy. I pray you would be alert and aware of the haymakers thrown by an opponent who is a knock out artist. I do pray you will rest, but not from God.