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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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.


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


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