The spiritual exercise of sleep

By Dave Henning / July 14, 2013

When we don’t get enough sleep, it is difficult to be attentive to God.  A recent survey found that many Americans get less than 6 hours of sleep per night and that 75% of us experience sleep difficulties several nights a week.  Sleep deprivation may result in irritability, impatience, and inattentiveness.

As Leighton Ford concludes Chapter 2 of The Attentive Life, he states that sleep is a spiritual exercise because: (1) we are not just spiritual beings, but embodied spirits who need sleep both for our physical bodies and for renewing our souls; and (2) sleep is an expression of our trust in God, that we can leave the universe and our own smaller worlds in His care.  The psalmist says in Psalm 127:2 that “he grants sleep to those he loves.”  The author adds that the verse also can be translated “He provides for his beloved during sleep.”

What a comfort to know of God’s constant and faithful provision even when our attentiveness falters!

Today’s question: What sleep issues have you had as a result of your ministry downsizing or position loss?  How might Psalm 127:2 offer comfort?  Please share.

Tomorrow’s blog: “The Lion God”


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