TODAY'S WORD FOR Thursday, March 29, 2018:
The natural state of body rest; to cease to be awake.
It is vain for you to rise up early, to sit up late; for so He gives to His beloved even in his sleep.
KNOWLEDGE AND EXPERIENCE:
Sleep is essential for good health. Scientist do not know exactly why we need sleep but they do know what happens when we do not get enough sleep. Lack of sleep puts one at risk of premature aging, weight gain, and diseases ranging from colds to flu to cancer.
When we relax and drift into a sleep it is amazing what God can accomplish in our bodies. While we do nothing, God replenishes our energy, rebuilds and restores our cells, and reorganizes information in our brain. We also make better decisions after a good sleep.
In the verse we have put above God makes it clear that sleep is a gift from God and we should receive it with gratitude. Solomon tells us in this verse that overwork should not be something that keeps us from sleep. God blesses us, provides for us, protects us and leads us in our sleep when we have put our trust in Him.
If you feel you are not getting enough sleep, you need to re-evaluate your priorities. Are you stressed with anxiety and worry? Are you staying up late and getting up early to make more money for things you really do not need? Are you involved in ministry efforts that you feel you must do because no one else can? Maybe you are spending too much time socializing, going to functions, even reading too many books or just working too many hours.
Have you ever stopped to think that God may be able to do more for you while you sleep? Sleep is a gift from God and refusing to sleep in order to accomplish other things is like telling God that your work is more important than His. Our bodies need a good balance between work and rest. We all need adequate rest for physical and mental restoration.
In Genesis 2:2 God demonstrated that rest is important. God created the world in six days but “On the seventh day He rested from all His work.” The fourth of the Ten Commandments says “To keep the Sabbath day holy and on it to do no work.” From the beginning God was so concerned about us that He set aside a regular time of rest and worship. We need both physical and spiritual restoration on a daily basis.
Most of us have never read the verse from Psalms that we have put above, or at least never understood what the psalmist is saying. This psalm was written as one of the “pilgrim psalms” for worshipers to sing as they moved uphill walking up the steps to the temple. God is reminding us that that He wants us to take time to rest so that He can prepare us by renewing our bodies for the work he has for us.
Our memory verse for this week is found in Psalm 118:24.
This is the day the Lord has made; we will rejoice and be glad in it.
Help me and my family to rest our hearts and minds in the comfort of Your presence. Keep us calm as we sleep so that we will be refreshed by Your presence and Your love and awake each morning refreshed and renewed to serve You.
These Family Devotional thoughts are written by Dr. Ken Phillips, Executive Director of America's Hunger
Solution, and his wife Dottie. Ken has had ministry positions
with The Billy Graham Evangelistic Association, World Vision, Youth For Christ, World Opportunities International,
and World Bible Society. He also has consulted for more than 30 Christian ministries in management and stewardship
development. They have published a book called No Problems Only Situations that discusses the journey of their family.
Ken and Dottie have been married for 60 years, and have 6 children, 20 grandchildren, and 3 great grandchildren. Their
second book, TODAY'S WORD, includes 365 daily
devotionals and is now available for only $10.
Ken & Dottie Phillips
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