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Sleep Is a Gift From God

Worship Service: 10:00 am

Bulletin: August 20, 2017

Newsletter: Summer 2017

ScripturesAmos 8:4-6Psalm 127Colossians 3:22-4:1Matthew 4:1-11


Joel Russell-MacLean

fbcsermon_Psalm127-2There can be many reasons we lose sleep due to work. Maybe we hope to make more money. Maybe we feel we have no choice if we are to keep up with the demands of life or our employer. Maybe we hope to ensure we accomplish something meaningful to be remembered by. Maybe we feel it is all up to us: our culture is even (wrongly!) convinced that “God helps those who help themselves” is a bible verse.

One of Solomon’s songs goes, “It is in vain that you rise up early and go late to rest – God gives sleep to his beloved.”

Now, maybe we want to reply, “Easy for a king to say!” But I find it amazing that even 3000 years ago, agrarian people were working overtime trying to beat the economy.

Any economic system that pushes people not to rest is out to steal and destroy God’s good gifts. The band Metric sings this great line, “Buy this car to drive to work, drive to work to pay for this car!” “Meaningless!” wrote Solomon.

Jesus came to model a new economy. In that economy, we work for God and our work is a prayer. The goal is our union with Jesus. In that economy, God is the one who ensures that our work endures. God is the one who ensures that our work provides enough.

Rest and sleep after completing the work God sets before us are spiritual practices that draw us closer to God and to God’s purposes.

All creatures and all creation are designed to rest – so get some sleep!