4th December 2018

Sleep And Wake

“There are many who are dead and buried. Some of them will wake up and live forever, but others will wake up to shame and disgrace forever.”
Daniel 12:2 (ERV)

In last week’s study, we looked at things you can do to help you sleep, but if you can’t sleep, don’t lie there worrying about it! In Esther 6:1 The King had trouble sleeping so he commanded someone to bring the book of the records of the chronicles, which sounds a bit boring and might well have put him back to sleep! Try getting up and doing something you find relaxing until you feel sleepy again, then go back to bed. I suggest reading the Bible, or meditation, or even prayer.

The next state of sleep is a trance or coma-like state called “deep sleep.” Certain opiates or drugs can induce sleep or cause a trance, such as morphine, while other medications can cause sleep problems. The medical profession can induce a coma using chemicals in order to let the body rest and recover.

The next state of sleep that the Bible notes is that of mental dullness or laziness. Proverbs 20:13 (ERV) tell us that “If you love to sleep, you will become poor. Use your time working and you will have plenty to eat.” Proverbs 6:6 tell us to consider the hard-working ants and warns that “”A little folding of the hands to sleep—so shall your poverty come on you like a prowler” (verses 6-11). Unfortunately the natural state of most human beings is that of being lazy! If we can get away with not doing something, usually we will.

Another Biblical type of sleep is biological death. Job 14:12 says, “So people lose their lives, never to live again. The skies will all pass away before they rise from death. The skies will all disappear before anyone wakes up from that sleep!” Jesus spoke of ‘waking’ Lazarus up, when he resurrected him to life. This is significant because it suggests, perhaps, that death, like sleep, is only a temporary state from which the person wakes. It’s certainly true that for a Christian we expect death to be only temporary. As Job goes on to tell us, he expected to be called by his God and to live again. This is the Christian hope.

We can be assured that God never slumbers or sleeps—he is always on guard. Jesus told his disciples, “Peace I leave with you, My peace I give to you, not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.”

Prayer
Holy Father, may I sleep well and be inured of things to wake me. In Jesus’ name.
Amen

Study by Chris Burmajster
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About the Author:
Chris Burmajster attends the Reading Congregation of the Worldwide Church of God UK.

Local Congregation:
Worldwide Church of God Reading
Prospect School,
Room A1 (Main Building)
Honey End Lane
READING
RG30 4EL

Meeting Time:
Saturday 11am

Local Congregational Contact:
John Stettaford
Phone: 01923-241426
Email: pastor@wcg-reading.org.uk

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