This post is part of a 31-day series.
We are so frail that we have to become helpless and unconscious and blind and weak every day in order to live at all. Sleep is a terribly humbling experience.
The basic tenet of the gospel mentioned yesterday is the fear transfer: our fear of God supersedes every other fear.
The basic tenet today is surrender. We realize we can't ultimately take care of ourselves, and throw ourselves on the mercy of our mighty God.
So I conclude that God made sleep as a continual reminder that we should not be anxious, but should rest in him like a little baby. Unless you turn to become like a child, you can’t even enter the kingdom. He created sleep to make sure we would have a daily reminder we are not God. Our work is not decisive in running the world. God’s work is decisive. He who keeps Israel will neither slumber nor sleep, Psalm 121. So we sleep. God never sleeps. So sleep is foundational. It is a pointer. And I think the big picture there we take away is: Don’t get a big head about your work that you think you can run the world or make everything happen. You are like a little baby a third of your life and God meant to tell you something.
- John Piper
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