What our sleeping habits reveal about our relationship with God.
An act of trust:
“In peace I will lie down and sleep, for you alone, O Lord, will keep me safe” (Psalm 4:8).
An act of humility:
“It is useless for you to work so hard from early morning until late at night, anxiously working for food to eat; for God gives rest to his loved ones” (Psalm 127:2).
A celebration of God’s blessing:
“You can go to bed without fear; you will lie down and sleep soundly. You need not be afraid of sudden disaster or the destruction that comes upon the wicked, for the Lord is your security” (Proverbs 3:24-26).
A position of receptivity:
“After the wise men were gone, an angel of the Lord appeared to Joseph in a dream. ‘Get up! Flee to Egypt with the child and his mother,’ the angel said” (Matthew 2:13).
A point of distinction between us and God:
“He will not let you stumble; the one who watches over you will not slumber. Indeed, he who watches over Israel never slumbers or sleeps” (Psalm 121:3-4).
28 August 2012 | by Amy Simpson | Medicine and Health | christianitytoday.com "Big Business and the Sacred Mystery of Sleep"
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Time of God’s visitation
Genesis 28:11-22 English Standard Version (ESV)
v.11 And he came to a certain place and stayed there that night, because the sun had set. Taking one of the stones of the place, he put it under his head and lay down in that place to sleep. v.12 And he dreamed, and behold, there was a ladder set up on the earth, and the top of it reached to heaven. And behold, the angels of God were ascending and descending on it! v.13 And behold, the Lord stood above it and said, “I am the Lord, the God of Abraham your father and the God of Isaac. The land on which you lie I will give to you and to your offspring. v.14 Your offspring shall be like the dust of the earth, and you shall spread abroad to the west and to the east and to the north and to the south, and in you and your offspring shall all the families of the earth be blessed. v.15 Behold, I am with you and will keep you wherever you go, and will bring you back to this land. For I will not leave you until I have done what I have promised you.” v.16 Then Jacob awoke from his sleep and said, “Surely the Lord is in this place, and I did not know it.” v.17 And he was afraid and said, “How awesome is this place! This is none other than the house of God, and this is the gate of heaven.”
v.18 So early in the morning Jacob took the stone that he had put under his head and set it up for a pillar and poured oil on the top of it. v.19 He called the name of that place Bethel, but the name of the city was Luz at the first. v.20 Then Jacob made a vow, saying, “If God will be with me and will keep me in this way that I go, and will give me bread to eat and clothing to wear, v.21 so that I come again to my father’s house in peace, then the Lord shall be my God, v.22 and this stone, which I have set up for a pillar, shall be God’s house. And of all that you give me I will give a full tenth to you.”
When divine surgery is performed
Genesis 2:21-22 English Standard Version (ESV)
v.21 So the Lord God caused a deep sleep to fall upon the man, and while he slept took one of his ribs and closed up its place with flesh. v.22 And the rib that the Lord God had taken from the man he made into a woman and brought her to the man.