God doesn’t sleep

“He will not let you stumble; the one who watches over you will not slumber. Indeed, he who watches over Israel never slumbers or sleeps” (Psalm 121:3-4, NLT).

Have you ever wished you didn’t have to sleep? Sometimes when I have a lot going and not enough time to get everything done, or even when I’m reading a good book and don’t want to turn out the light, I’ve thought it would be great not to have to waste eight hours sleeping. But that’s not how life works. Even fish have to sleep! It wouldn’t be so bad if we all woke up cheery, bright-eyed and bursting with energy, but most people I know drag themselves out of bed and need coffee or in my case, tea, to get going.

God has been accused of napping when we think he’s supposed to be on the job. After all, isn’t he all powerful? Why does he let bad things happen? He has his reasons, but it’s not because he needs sleep. He never dozes off like a driver who veers into the wrong lane and causes a wreck. God is always fully awake in a way we can’t even imagine—awake to life, to us and to the whole universe. His wakefulness is something we can count on, even while we’re sleeping.