07/20/2024

Jesus and Sleep

Scripture Reading — Mark 4:35-41Jesus was in the stern, sleeping on a cushion.— Mark 4:38There are some places—like on airplanes—where I find it impossible to sleep.In our story today, though, we read that Jesus fell into a deep sleep on a small boat that was out on a lake—in the middle of a storm!T

07/19/2024

Joseph’s Dream and Obedience

Scripture Reading — Matthew 1:18-25When Joseph woke up, he did what the angel of the Lord had commanded him. . . .— Matthew 1:24Have you ever dreamed that an angel commanded you to do something? I’ve had some serious dreams, but I’ve never had a dream where I awoke convinced that God had told me to

07/18/2024

Troubling Dreams

Scripture Reading — Daniel 7:15-18“I, Daniel, was troubled in spirit, and the visions that passed through my mind disturbed me.”— Daniel 7:15On occasions when I have visited places plagued with malaria, I have taken antimalarial drugs. The lifesaving benefits of these medications certainly outweigh

07/17/2024

Satisfaction and Sleep

Scripture Reading — Ecclesiastes 5:10-20The sleep of a laborer is sweet, whether they eat little or much, but as for the rich, their abundance permits them no sleep.— Ecclesiastes 5:12Ecclesiastes connects sleep with a sense of peace and satisfaction in life. These blessings are linked with honest w

07/16/2024

Squandering God’s Gifts

Scripture Reading — Proverbs 6:6-11How long will you lie there, you sluggard? When will you get up from your sleep?— Proverbs 6:9Years ago, when we lived in Taiwan, we awoke one morning to find a column of ants marching across our house, from one end to the other. Ants are truly amazing. They seem s

07/15/2024

Sweet Rest

Scripture Reading — Proverbs 3:21-26When you lie down, you will not be afraid; when you lie down, your sleep will be sweet.— Proverbs 3:24Last night I slept well. I fell asleep quickly, got up only once, had pleasant dreams, and awoke refreshed and ready to greet the new day. As the writer of Prover

07/14/2024

Refusing Sleep

Scripture Reading — Psalm 132:1-5“I will allow no sleep to my eyes or slumber to my eyelids, till I find a place for the Lord. . . .”— Psalm 132:4-5What’s the longest time you’ve ever gone without sleep? On long trips sometimes, I’ve stayed awake for more than 30 hours. Normally I can only stay awak

07/13/2024

God Gives Sleep

Scripture Reading — Psalm 127:1-2In vain you rise early and stay up late, toiling for food to eat—for he grants sleep to those he loves.— Psalm 127:2Do you ever find yourself “burning the candle at both ends”—working day and night to get something done? While there may be times when we need to stay

07/12/2024

God Sustains Us

Scripture Reading — Psalm 121:1-8Indeed, he who watches over Israel will neither slumber nor sleep.— Psalm 121:4I often feel sleepy around three o’clock in the afternoon. Sometimes I’m even tempted to put my head on my desk for a quick doze. But that’s not a good idea. Getting up and walking around

07/11/2024

Resting in God

Scripture Reading — Psalm 91:1-16You will not fear the terror of night, nor the arrow that flies by day. . . .— Psalm 91:5Years ago, when we lived in Beijing, a thief broke in through our daughter’s window at night. Though nothing much was taken, we felt vulnerable after our home had been violated.

07/10/2024

God Asleep?!

Scripture Reading — Psalm 44:23-26Awake, Lord! Why do you sleep? Rouse yourself! Do not reject us forever.— Psalm 44:23We all need sleep. Without it our bodies and minds can’t function properly. Though we don’t know why, God built sleep into what it means to be a human being.But what about God—does

07/09/2024

Turning to God’s Faithfulness

Scripture Reading — Psalm 4:1-8In peace I will lie down and sleep, for you alone, Lord, make me dwell in safety.— Psalm 4:8In my younger days I looked forward to falling into bed at night with the sigh, “Sleep at last!” I still look forward to sleeping, but now I don’t always look forward to bedtime