Verses on Sleep
Where is the verse that helps you sleep?
I appreciate your desire to have help in
sleeping. It is very difficult when sleep
will not come. I want to preface my remarks
by admitting that I am not a medical doctor
and that what I am about to tell you is not
a solution for medical problems. Sometimes,
God wants us to see a doctor. And, though
you are probably not asking this, I need to state that there are no magic verses that
will suddenly help you fall to sleep. What
we will look at is some biblical teaching
that deals will sleep or the things that
make sweet sleep possible.
I assure you that I am not taking your question
lightly, but I would like to mention a more
humorous approach to your question. I have
found that many people use the Bible to help
them sleep by saving their Bible reading
time to the time right before bedtime. For
these people, the Bible always seems to put
them to sleep. Others seem to have the
same problem in church. But enough of this.
One of the real problems people face today
is insomnia, or the inability to sleep. Sometimes,
this is caused by medical problems. As I
said, I recommend a doctor for medical problems.
However, this is sometimes caused by other
practical or spiritual problems. Let's
look at some suggestions concerning sleep.
- Do not live to sleep. To some, sleep is what
they do best. But God tells us, "Love
not sleep, lest thou come to poverty; open
thine eyes, and thou shalt be satisfied with
bread" (Proverbs 20:13). We are to get adequate sleep--but we are
not to want sleep beyond all other things.
There are more important things than sleep.
- Accept sleep as a gift from the Lord. Some
people feel guilty about sleeping. They have
so much to do and the day seems so short.
So, they push themselves to do without sleep
in order to accomplish more. As has been
said, they light the candle at both ends.
Sometimes, they get to the point where they
no longer sleep well when they sleep. But
this is not of God. He says, "It is
vain for you to rise up early, to sit up
late, to eat the bread of sorrows: for so he giveth his beloved sleep"
(Psalm 127:2). In other words, God says that you will
not accomplish more if you do without adequate
sleep. It is a gift from God. Do not over-sleep.
However, get enough sleep.
- Make sure that there are not any spiritual
reasons that you cannot sleep. Ecclesiastes 8:16 speaks of one who, "neither day nor
night seeth sleep with his eyes." The
next verse speaks of this man as one who
seeks to know the work of God but cannot
find it out (v.17). He is troubled and, as
a result, is not able to sleep. Guilt can
keep someone from sleeping. So can the conviction
of God. Actually, this is not bad if you
will respond to this conviction by making
things right with God. Make sure you are saved. Make sure things
are right between you and God. Make sure
you have confessed your sins to God and turned
from them to the best of your ability trusting
in God to give you the victory. These things
will help you to sleep.
- Fill your day with good wholesome activities.
Exert your best efforts in the work of the
day. Ecclesiastes 5:12 states, "The sleep of a labouring man
is sweet, whether he eat little or much:
but the abundance of the rich will not suffer
him to sleep." A man who works hard
all day will usually sleep well at night.
The rich man worries about keeping his money.
The laboring man sleeps. If you have a desk
job like so many of us today, this may mean
that you need to do something physically
active sometime during the day. Certainly,
you need to approach each day with zest and
energy. Paul tells us to be not "slothful
in business" but "fervent in spirit"
(Romans 12:11). We are to do all things "heartily,
as to the Lord, and not unto men" (Colossians 3:23). This will help us to sleep in the evening.
- Meditate on the Lord and the things of God
(as taught in the Bible) as you go to bed.
David testified, "I will both lay me
down in peace, and sleep: for thou, LORD,
only makest me dwell in safety" (Psalm 4:8). The peace of God allows us to sleep.
How do we get this peace? First, as I said
earlier, make sure that things are right
between you and God. Confess your known sins
to God and commit yourself to His service.
Second, get the word of God in you. That
is, read the Bible as you settle down for
the evening. This does not have to be your
main Bible-reading time. In fact, I often
use this time to go over some memory verses.
Just get God's word in you. A reading
from the Psalms would be very helpful.
Third, think of the Lord. Meditate on Him
and His goodness. Isaiah 26:3 states, "Thou wilt keep him in perfect
peace, whose mind is stayed on thee: because
he trusteth in thee." To stay our minds
on God means to have Him in our thoughts;
to think of His goodness and greatness. Consider
what He is doing around you and be thankful
for His goodness. This gives us perfect peace.
And, as we have seen, this peace allows us
to go to sleep.
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