Sleep; November 28, 2017


Psalm 127:1-2 Unless the Lord builds the house,
its builders labor in vain.
Unless the Lord watches over the city,
the watchmen stand guard in vain.
In vain you rise early
and stay up late,
toiling for food to eat—
for he grants sleep to those he loves.

This is a justly famous passage, but it isn’t remembered nearly often enough. It’s not that we are to be lazy, but when we think and feel that everything depends on us, much less that we can accomplish anything on our own, we get into all sorts of trouble. Having assurance that God will help us is a wonderful thing that is expressed many places in the Bible, such as Psalm 108:13, but we’ve got to remember that the power is with Him and not with us. It is significant that this passage talks about sleep. The Japanese goes with the translation that is given as a footnote in the NIV, of God providing things for us as we sleep, but the NIV as it stands indicates that God is the cure for insomnia. In either case, the point is clear that losing sleep from anxiety is pointless. God is incredibly faithful, and He can certainly be trusted.

This is extremely pertinent to us right now. Not only are we involved in a major project, purchasing land and planning for an elder-care facility, we are also inundated with the various events of the season. Emotional and physical exhaustion are real issues. This passage tells us, “Chill. God’s got it under control.” I need to remember that, sometimes on a moment-by-moment basis. Right now I’m out of town at an overnight conference, but many things await my return. I’m not to miss out on any of the blessings God has for me in this conference by being anxious about what I need to do at home. Some of the issues simply require doing things, but some don’t have immediately obvious solutions. I’m not to be anxious about any of it, but rejoice that God isn’t surprised by anything, and He’s already got the solutions prepared. Years ago He told me to rest, relax, rejoice. I happen to be in an advanced class in exactly that right now, but by His grace I’ll get a passing grade!

Father, thank You for the very good input I’m getting at this conference. Thank You also for the very nice business hotel with just the right amenities, and for the good night’s sleep. Help me flow with Your Spirit in every detail today, for the blessing of those around me and for Your glory. Thank You. Praise God!

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About jgarrott

Born and raised in Japan of missionary parents. Have been here as an adult missionary since 1981.
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