By Lee Roy Anderson
For only Og king of Bashan remained of the remnant of giants; behold, his bedstead was a bedstead of iron; is it not in Rabbath of the children of Ammon? Nine cubits was the length thereof, and four cubits the breadth of it, after the cubit of a man. Deut. 3:11. See verses, 1-11.
King Og was a very powerful king and was also a giant. He commanded 60 fortified cities plus many unwalled towns. King Og was the last giant the Israelites faced before entering into the promised land. He was keeping the Israelites from all that God had intended for them.
In today’s passage we read about the dimensions of this mighty king’s bed. By these measurements we can easily assume King Og was a huge man. He may have even been bigger than the giant Goliath who stood 9-feet, 9-inches tall?
But why does the passage focus on King Og’s bed? Well, King Ogs represent a picture of the sleeping giant. He is a picture of taking it easy or contentment.
Today’s church is fighting the giant of contentment. It is said so often in the church that revival is just about to break loose, God is about to do something big, or we are on the verge of seeing growth. It seems we are always on the very brink, but rarely do we see the revival, growth or victory that is talked about.
Are we faced with the sleeping giant? The church has been lulled to sleep by waiting and watching for someone else to do the required work of prayer, witnessing, visiting and making calls; oh, we talk a good game, but the laborers are few. We have forgotten that, as the church, if we will do our part and take the first step against being lazy and content, then God will open the doors and fight the fight for us. Deut. 3:22. So wake up church, get the sleepies out of your eyes and don’t walk with your head down, appearing defeated. Look up and accept all God has for you. Often we say we care about people and we carry burdens, but are showing it, doing it, and backing our words with action?