And yet sleep is so important to our heath and well-being. In fact, “Neuroscientist Matthew Walker believes that lack of sleep is the greatest public health challenge we face in the 21st century. He says the lack of sleep is making us sick, making us fat and making us dumb.” (A neuroscientist explains the power of sleep)
But sleep is what God promises us in Psalm 127:2b “. . . he grants sleep to those he loves.”
Tim Challies wrote a beautiful blog based on this verse which you can read by clicking on the title, (He Gives His Beloved Sleep). I can not recount his entire blog, but there is one quote I do want to take from him. He said, “What would we give to those we love if we had all the power of God Almighty, if we could dispense any gift from his endless storehouse? We would give the courage of a hero, the voice of an angel, the wealth of a king, the strength of a champion. God makes no such promises. Rather, the promise God makes is this: He gives his beloved sleep.”
As much as we wish others a good night’s sleep, we have no power to ensure it. Only the God who created rest can grant it. But we can play a part, for Isaiah 26:3 states, “You will keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed upon you, because he trusts You.”
During those difficult hours, when your mind wants to run hither and yon, keep it on and trust the God who promises us peace . . . and sleep.
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