Sleep Is God’s Gift
By Rick Warren
“God gives rest to his loved ones” (Psalm 127:2b NLT).
Throughout the day, and when you sleep, your heavenly Father watches over you in love. Sleep is God’s gift, and to accept that gift is an act of trust. He restores your body and energy through sleep.
One of the hidden triggers to over-eating is lack of rest. When we’re overtired, we often try to boost our energy with caffeine or sugar or carbs, which ultimately leaves us more tired than before.
Trusting God, and prioritizing your sleep builds your faith. Why does sleep require trust? Because we tend to overload our schedules and think that we don’t have time to get the proper amount of sleep.
Jesus relaxed, and he never felt guilty about it. Even God took a day off after Creation. Who are we to think we’re too busy to get the proper rest? Jesus says, “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls” (Matthew 11:28-29 NIV).
Talk It Over
- How might giving yourself the gift of a good night’s sleep help you meet your healthy lifestyle goals?
- Jesus says, “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls” (Matthew 11:28-29 NIV). What longings stir in you when you read Jesus’ invitation to rest?
- What do you need to change about your schedule and priorities so that you can make more time for rest?
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