Sleep

Sleep has always been an issue for me, but God’s Word gives promises regarding His children having restful sleep.

Psalm 3:5 says “I lay down and slept; I awoke, for the LORD sustained me.”

Psalm 4:8 says “I will both lie down in peace, and sleep; for You alone, O LORD, make me dwell in safety.”

Psalm 127:1-2 says “Unless the LORD builds the house, they labor in vain who build it; unless the LORD guards the city, the watchman stays awake in vain.
It is vain for you to rise up early, to sit up late, to eat the bread of sorrows; for so He gives His beloved sleep.”

If we are not sleeping because we are focused on anything going on in our lives, it reveals our vanity – our attempting to figure things out on our own, and not trusting int he Lord who would give us rest. Remember Matthew 6:26-32, which shows us that God provides for our needs, and we need not worry about our day to day (or anything else).

Proverbs 3:24 says that when we seek the wisdom of the Lord, “when you lie down, you will not be afraid; yes, you will lie down and your sleep will be sweet.”

Ecclesiastes 5:12 says “The sleep of a laboring man is sweet, whether he eats little or much; but the abundance of the rich will not permit him to sleep.”

Are we trying to make our own way? To gather riches? We need to be content with what we have, realizing that the more we have, the more we have to worry about.

It is interesting to note that when God made Eve, he put Adam to sleep. When God made the covenant with Abram, Abram was put in a deep sleep. We may be asleep, but God is awake, and is able to do needful things for us in our time of sleep (see Genesis 2:21 and 15:12).  God spoke to Jacob in his sleep (see Genesis 28:11-16). Daniel also often heard from the Lord while asleep.

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