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Devotional 07/08/2017

by Terry Trainor on 07/08/17

Getting sufficient rest and sleep is important to our good health, both mentally and physically. It is something which we need to be in control of, however, and not let it control us. 
I just read a true story about Hannah, who was a country church organist for many years, and had taken to falling asleep during the sermon. As she was loved by all, this fault was easily overlooked. Besides, the position of the organ at the east end of the platform kept her pretty much away from the congregation's normal line of vision. 
One Sunday as the sermon was building to a climax, the minister swung his arm forcefully and cried: "Look to the East!" The congregation, following his gesture, gasped and then chuckled softly. There sat Hannah, head back and mouth open, sleeping the sleep of the innocent. The minister regained his composure and concluded his message with equal poise. Hannah awoke at her usual time and played the closing hymn, forever unaware of what had happened. 

The Word of God tells us that God sustains us in sleep:
Psalm 3:5 (KJV);
“I laid me down and slept; I awaked; for the LORD sustained me.”

And it tells us we must strike a balance:
Proverbs 6:4-10 (KJV);
“Give not sleep to thine eyes, nor slumber to thine eyelids. Deliver thyself as a roe from the hand of the hunter, and as a bird from the hand of the fowler. Go to the ant, thou sluggard; consider her ways, and be wise: Which having no guide, overseer, or ruler, Provideth her meat in the summer, and gathereth her food in the harvest. How long wilt thou sleep, O sluggard? when wilt thou arise out of thy sleep? Yet a little sleep, a little slumber, a little folding of the hands to sleep: ”
Find your natural need, schedule a time for it, and do not try to cut it short. If you allow your activities to interfere with your needed sleep, you will find sleep interfering with your activities. We must maintain our good health; it is a gift from God, and these bodies are the only ones we will get here on earth.

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