2 It is vain for you to rise up early, to sit up late, to eat the bread of sorrows;
for so He gives His beloved sleep.
A busy life is not necessarily a fruitful life.
Busy people do not necessarily experience the success they had imagined, or dreamed. Fruitful people, however, can even find success in their sleep. The Psalmist tells us that our Father God provides for those he loves, even while they are sleeping.
A good sleep is a gift from God.
Some people think sleep is a waste of time but for God, sleep is “creative” time.
Sometimes God can do more for us while we are asleep than when we are awake. The Bible abounds with examples and stories of people who slept and woke up to a whole new experience of God’s grace. Think of Adam, Abraham, Jacob, Joseph, Peter and Eutychus. Some even dreamt of their future in their sleep. Joseph (of the Old Testament) envisaged his impending greatness and Joseph (of the New Testament) heeded the angel’s warning and escaped to Egypt. And talking about dreams. Joseph and Daniel began their careers in helping great men who had bad dreams and interrupted sleep, and in doing so, they helped change the course of history.
I wonder how many good night’s sleep you had in 2018. I also wonder how many of us heard and heeded to God’s sleep (and supernatural) language—dreams, insights and visions—and walk towards His desired future. And I wonder further still—how many of us are already dreaming with God to what 2019 may hold.
As you sleep tonight, my prayer is for God to give you a new dream for tomorrow.
© Copyright Richard Tan, 2019.
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