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Day Nine
Pastor Ken Vance
“If God doesn’t build the house, the builders only build shacks. If God doesn’t guard the city, the night watchman might as well nap. It’s useless to rise early and go to bed late, and work your worried fingers to the bone. Don’t you know he enjoys giving rest to those he loves?” Psalm 127:1-2 (MSG)

Good sleep promotes good health. Sleep represents a third of every person’s life, and it has a tremendous impact on how we live, function, and perform during the other two-thirds of our lives. It is as vital as the air we breathe and the food we eat, especially for those with chronic diseases or compromised immune systems. Yet, the CDC concluded in a recent study that more than a third of Americans are not getting enough sleep on a regular basis. Unfortunately, we’ve almost made not sleeping enough a badge of honor in our culture. But experts conclude that adults need seven or more hours of sleep per night for the best health and wellbeing. Sleep, in other words, is not a luxury but a necessity. Are you getting enough?

The Psalmist above states that sleep is a gift from God to those He loves. He enjoys giving it to us. Yet gifts need to be received and enjoyed for the purpose given. Why is sleep a gift? Because not only does it promote good health, it is an active demonstration of our trust in God. The Psalmist reminds us that if we are working with God, He has it all under control. He knows what is best, and we can trust Him. We do our part and trust Him to bring about the best.

The things that rob us of sleep are often things like worry, stress, fear, and the drive we feel that we need to work hard to get ahead. But they can reveal a lack of trust in God. Yes, we need to work hard, but there is a time to work and a time to rest. When we are relying on ourselves, we often override the need to rest because we are afraid we are not doing enough. Yet, rest is a demonstration of trusting in God. When we lie down to sleep, we can rest in His faithfulness. For too much of my life, I felt that sleeping might cause me to miss out on something good. They call that today FOMO. But as Psalm 34 reminds us, “those who trust in God will lack no good thing.” Therefore, this year let’s determine to get our proper sleep as God’s gift and experience the Rest of Our Lives.

PRAYER: Dear Father, thank you for the gift of sleep. As I lay down at night to sleep, may my sleep be sweet. I trust in you and cast all my cares on you, believing that You care for me. Thank you that I’m your beloved, and you enjoy giving me rest. I receive it, in Jesus’ name, Amen!