“I lie down and sleep; I wake again, because the Lord sustains me.” (Psalm 3:5 NIV) There is nothing wrong when a man is sleeping physically. God is interested in our ability to sleep and rest. From the point of view of the ordinary man in the street, “sleeping is very important because when we are sleeping, the body is at rest. Our mind and the muscles of our body will be at rest, and this will make the entire system in our body to recuperate for the next daily activities. When we wake up the following day, we feel refreshed, strong and sound. That is how we experience the sustenance of God as we read in Psalm 3:5.
Medically the reason for physical sleeping is deeper. Dr. Rick Nauert PhD, in his article titled ‘Sleep Loss Challenges Emotional Control,’ said that “sleep deprivation can play havoc with our emotions. Emotional liability is notably apparent among soldiers in combat zones, medical residents and even new parents. Scientists from the University of California, Berkeley, and Harvard Medical School now have a neurological basis to support the observations. ‘In the first neural investigation into what happens to the emotional brain without sleep, results from a brain imaging study suggest that while a good night’s rest can regulate your mood and help you cope with the next day’s emotional challenges, sleep deprivation does the opposite by excessively boosting the part of the brain most closely connected to depression, anxiety and other psychiatric disorders.’”
Deeper than our understanding of the importance of sleeping and the scientific discovery of the medical doctors about the necessities of a good night rest, God had a greater and purposeful intention for the grace of sleep He had given to man. It is not why we sleep that matters, it is the realm in which we sleep that is of a great concern. When we are sleeping physically, our hearts, our minds aka our souls and our spirit, in one accord are at work. That is why we can dream and possibly remember the dream when we wake up. But when a man is sleeping spiritually, his physical body and his soul are physically at alert but his spirit had drifted away into the world of sin. Because King Solomon slept spiritually, he became an idol worshiper. “For Solomon went after Ashtoreth the goddess of the Zidonians, and after Milcom the abomination of the Ammonites.” (1 King 11:5) Likewise, because Judas Iscariot slept spiritually, he sold his Master, Jesus Christ for 30 pieces of silver. “And said unto them, What will ye give me, and I will deliver him unto you? And they covenanted with him for thirty pieces of silver.” (Matthew 26:15) Even so, when Demas slept spiritually, he abandoned his work of the ministry with Apostle Paul and drifted away into worldliness. “For Demas hath forsaken me, having loved this present world, and is departed unto Thessalonica…” (2 Timothy 4:10)
In the parable of the Weed, Jesus Christ said, “The kingdom of heaven is likened unto a man which sowed good seed in his field: but while men slept, his enemy came and sowed tares among the wheat, and went his way.” (Matthew 13:24-25 NIV) Perhaps you are not aware that your enemy is watching the great thing that God is doing in your life. It is therefore your responsibility to be spiritually vigilant to ensure that you do not sleep spiritually so that you do not give room for enemy to sow tares into your vineyard.
Prayer: Oh Lord, help me in my Christian life to be spiritually vigilant so that enemy will not be able penetrate into the comfort and peace that the Lord had given me and sow deadly seed of destruction into my life that can derail me from the pathway of righteousness and holiness, in Jesus name, Amen.