Remember when we explored Dying to Eat. This next area Christ died to ranks right up there with it. Some people do a better job on less sleep than others, but we all have to have it. Jesus was no exception. Despite Him being fully God, He was still fully man while walking on this earth as well. And we know He had no problem sleeping after yesterday’s exploration of Dying to Security. So how does Christ demonstrate to us the idea of Dying to Sleep?
“Now those who ate were about 5,000 men, besides women and children.
Immediately He made the disciples get into the boat and go ahead of Him to the other side, while He dismissed the crowds. After dismissing the crowds, He went up on the mountain by Himself to pray. When evening came, He was there alone. But the boat was already over a mile from land, battered by the waves, because the wind was against them. Around three in the morning, He came toward them walking on the sea.” Matthew 14:23-25
Here Jesus had just finished performing a huge miracle (feeding over 5,000 people) and the next thing we see Him do is go up on the mountain to pray. He had to have expended a lot of emotional and physical energy in dealing with all those people including His disciples. Now the first thing I would have done is gone home and gone to bed. But what does Christ do? He goes up to the mountain where He is alone and prays. Then at 3:00 in the morning Jesus walks on water!! Didn’t He need a full nights rest? How did He even have the power to walk on water without any sleep? I believe the sleep we so often think we need is not the sleep God desires for us to have in order to carry out His will.
Have you ever awoken in the middle of the night and not been able to go back to sleep?
Has God ever laid someone on your heart that you should pray for in the middle of the night?
Have you ever not been able to sleep and were pulled on by the Holy Spirit to get up and immerse yourself in the Bible?
Have you ever ignored all the above because you where ever too tired to do it and thought you could get up a little earlier the next morning or just wait until the next day?
To my detriment (and those around me), I have. Not only have I disobeyed the Spirit’s promptings, but inevitably I have also been more tired on those days than on the nights I have been obedient to His calling and just gotten up and spent time with Him.