Have you slept today?

There are many ideas when it comes to resting. Some view rest as:

– A good nights sleep

– A twenty-minute “power” nap

– A long relaxing snooze on the beach

But did you know there is a difference between sleeping and resting?

Both try to accomplish the same thing: to recharge and refresh. But how many times have we gone to sleep only to wake up tired in the morning?

The fact is, 55% of American women are not getting enough sleep. I can only imagine how the guys must feel. And many feel the strain of working so much, that it becomes impossible to be rested one hundred percent.

So is there no end, till the end?

No Sleeping Pill Required

Well, there is good news. Here, between the pages of the Bible, we find that sleep is temporary, but rest is eternal. Rest is not a physical need, but a spiritual need.

When Jesus was speaking to his disciples, He was giving out an invitation for all, “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened and I will give you rest” (Matthew 28:11).

The familiar Psalms 23 passage also describes this leisurely, resting experience “He makes me to lie down in green pastures, he leads me beside still waters, he restores my soul” (Psalms 23:3-4).

That restoration we’re looking for can only be found spending quiet time with God.

In the process of reading His word, our soul find rest in His presence, and a peace that transcends all understanding, begins to still the worried soul (Philippians 3:5-6).  

Rest in His Presence

Sleep can restore the body, but does not restore spiritual weariness. America is beginning to realize there is a great need for rest. But people will continue to go sleepless until they find rest in Jesus Christ.

It’s unfortunate that some of our schedules are particularly hectic and there may be little to no down time. But I encourage you to find a quiet place to seek the Lord. It could be on your lunch break or in your car before work. Go anywhere that will allow you to have some thinking space and a place to fill up on God’s Word.

If you feel there’s no one to talk to, Jesus wants you to come to him and tell him about your day. He is always there to listen and always “grants sleep to those He loves.”