Children fight it and adults fight for it. We crave it after a long hard day and we bow to it after a long fun day. Everyone sleeps.
We sing about sleep and for sleep as evidenced in everything from lullabies to The Beatles to the intricate choral sounds of Eric Whitacre. Sleep is either welcomed or surrendered to by everyone.
God doesn't sleep. Ever.
"... He who watches over you will not slumber;
indeed, He who watches over Israel
will neither slumber nor sleep." Psalm 121:3b-4
God never sleeps and that is good news for us, gospel if you will. Psalm 121 says that God watches over us and that He never sleeps.
"The LORD will keep you from all harm
He will watch over your life;
the LORD will watch over your coming and going
both now and forevermore." Psalm 121:7-8
Think about that, God watches over us 24/7/365 and never gets tired. Soak that in and see if that doesn't cause you to trust in the One who never sleeps.
Sleep is an awesome reminder of how unlike God I am. I love to sleep. I take naps as often as I can and you don't have to twist my arm too much to get me to go to bed. Now, I'm not trying to say that I'm lazy, I'm attempting to say that I'm human. Every single one of us needs sleep. Have you ever pulled an all nighter or been the poor sap that volunteered to help with the lock-in? Well, I've done both and they knock me out for a few days. It didn't used to affect me too much but anymore if I stay up all day and night it screws me up for two or three more days.
Thinking about how God never sleeps and about how much I need to sleep expands my view of God. This is just one way that God is infinitely more powerful than I am and God designed me in a way to remind me of this striking difference every day. So, do this with me. Next time you're really tired think about the fact that God never sleeps. Then after you're done thinking about that fact, fall into a deep sleep knowing that the One who never sleeps is watching over you both now and forevermore.
Sleep well and let sleep preach to you about our God. Take time to worship our infinitely awake God today.