Does God Sleep? Guest Post by Connie Milchling

When Psalm 121 appeared as the primary reference in Pastor Brian’s message on September 24, it brought back vivid memories for me. I had committed the entire Psalm to memory in junior high school, after moving twice within 15 months. The transition to 7th grade in Ohio, then 8th grade in Pennsylvania, did not go well for a scrawny little red head from a very small town in West Virginia. I struggled a lot. And that’s when it became one of my “go-to” Psalms.  I would read it frequently and reflect on it often.

Of all the great phrases found in it, one of my favorites appears in verses 3 and 4:

He who watches over you will not slumber;
indeed, he … will neither slumber nor sleep.

I find that amazingly comforting. The God of all creation never nods off and forgets about me or releases the reins of world order to take a power nap. God is sovereign. He is on his throne.

In 1 Kings 18 there is an awe-inspiring, Hollywood-material duel that takes place between the only remaining prophet of God, Elijah, and 450 prophets of Baal who are determined to establish whose God is real. When it becomes evident the Baal worshippers are not getting anywhere with their god, Elijah encourages them to shout louder, wondering if “perhaps he is deep in thought, or busy, or traveling.  Maybe he is sleeping and must be awakened” (verse 27). What’s striking is that “they shouted louder” (verse 28). Seriously? Their god really is too busy to hear them or is asleep? If you take time to read the whole section sometime soon, you’ll see how our real God reveals his power and presence. It’s amazing!

He who watches over you will not slumber;
indeed, he … will neither slumber nor sleep.

If you tend to worry a lot and are trying to figure out a way to be less anxious, try this as your new routine. Each evening before going to bed, give God all your troubles because he’s going to be up all night anyway.

He can handle them.

You can trust him!