I lie down and sleep; I wake again, because the Lord sustains me. —Psalm 3:5 NIV

Sleep is the ultimate form of trusting God. Going to sleep means letting go of control over the world, trusting God to take care of things while we’re unconscious. We trust God to sustain us while we sleep and when we wake.

We need sleep to be effective and focused when we’re awake. People who get less than six or seven hours of sleep at night have lower blood flow to the brain, which leads to more bad decisions.

Getting inadequate sleep turns off seven hundred health-promoting genes. Therefore, sometimes the healthiest and most spiritual thing you can do is to put aside evening work and get to bed.

Sleep is God’s gift to us. The Bible says, “God gives rest to his loved ones” (Psalm 127:2 NLT). If you’re not getting enough sleep, consider asking God what activities or worries you need to turn over to him. He won’t ask you to do more in a day than your body is designed to handle.

Food for Thought: Sleep is a blessing God gives to refresh and replenish us as we acknowledge that he has the whole world under his loving care.