The summer season is coming to a close much faster than many of us want it to.  Vacations, getaways, and recreational activity are nice breaks from the day to day routine.  While there is value in these activities, they often cause us to be more exhausted than rested.  In creation God, designed the order of this world so that we would work and rest from our labor.  Most of us are very good at the work part, but terrible at resting.  The old slogan was ‘cleanliness is next to godliness’ but today we have rewritten it to say, ‘busyness is next to godliness.’  But God, in His Word and in how He created the human body, seems to disagree with that slogan.  Have you ever thought about sleep?  Why did God design the human body to need sleep or rest from labor?  We could accomplish a lot more for his kingdom if we did not need to sleep.  But God designed us to need sleep; we cannot function properly if we do not have adequate sleep.  In sleep, God reminds us that He is the only being who is all powerful, the only being who does not need sleep.  Psalm 121 says, “I lift up my eyes to the hills. From where does my help come?  My help comes from the LORD, who made heaven and earth.  He will not let your foot be moved; he who keeps you will not slumber.  Behold, he who keeps Israel will neither slumber nor sleep.  The LORD is your keeper; the LORD is your shade on your right hand.  The sun shall not strike you by day, nor the moon by night.  The LORD will keep you from all evil; he will keep your life.  The LORD will keep your going out and your coming in from this time forth and forevermore.”  In sleep and rest God reminds us that He is in control and we are not, that He is the one who give us help and strength for the day.  So the next time you feel tempted to forego sleep or are just having a restless night, read Psalm 121.  Be reminded and comforted by God’s sovereign hand over your life and His good design in giving us sleep.

–Pastor Corey

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