God's Gift

Face it, God designed our bodies to need sleep in order to function properly.  We are not miniature gods.  Psalm 121:4 says, Behold, he that keepeth Israel shall neither slumber nor sleep.  God does not require sleep, we do.  Little gods think their work is indispensable.  Little gods believe unless they worry about a problem, it will not be solved.  To sleep is to release control of all our concerns.  Once a day for 1/3 of our lives, we are faced with our frailty and need.  To rest well, we must view sleep from a different perspective.  Sleep is God’s gift of love.  As we lie in bed as though dead, God will remove anxiety, restore our strength and renew our mind.  When asleep, we demonstrate trust in God’s sovereignty and His goodness. 

Psalm 127:2
It is vain for you to rise up early, to sit up late, to eat the bread of sorrows: for so he giveth his beloved sleep.
Getting up early and staying up late (Linda) robs us of this gift leading to irritability, a short attention span and a decline in productivity.  We think we can get more done with less sleep but our bodies eventually dispel that myth.  If God the creator rested for one day, surely we can sleep without guilt or shame.  Tonight, try exchanging anxiety and control for God’s gift of sleep.  It’s a gift exchange we all need to make.
(Letters are bold in case you fell asleep)


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