What Happens when we Sleep?

January 11, 2023 by  
Filed under Daily Devotions

By Gillis Killam –

God wants us to have a good sleep, but we need to lie down!

“Don’t you know he enjoys giving rest to those he loves?” (Psalm 127:2 MSG).

God does wonderful things in our minds and bodies when we get the proper sleep. What may be problems on our minds, when going to sleep, take on a new perspective when we wake up, and our bodies are rejuvenated.

According to The National Sleep Foundation there are four stages of sleep, and in the third and fourth stages the following things happen: This is the deepest and most restorative sleep, blood pressure drops, breathing becomes slower, muscles are relaxed, blood supply to muscles increases, tissue growth and repair occurs, energy is restored, and hormones are released: such as growth hormone, essential for growth and development, including muscle development.

God works miracles while we sleep! He neither slumbers nor sleeps (Psalm 121:4) but He is silently planning in love for those who trust Him.

God created Eve while Adam was sleeping (Genesis 2:21).

While Jacob was running away from the wrath of his brother Esau, he fell asleep on a stone, and while he slept God gave him a vision that showed him God was present with him, and that He had given him and his descendants the land on which he was lying (Genesis 28:10-22).

David felt abandonment when he said “weeping may stay for the night, but rejoicing comes in the morning” (Psalm 30:5 NIV).

When Herod was seeking to kill the baby Jesus, God directed Joseph in a dream to flee to Egypt (Matthew 2:13).

An Angel spoke to the Apostle Paul in the night and told him what to do when the ship was sinking (Acts 27:23-26).

PRAYER: Forgive me Lord, for worrying about things and losing sleep. Help me to leave these troubles in your hands. Thank you for the gift of sleep! AMEN

About Gil Killam

Gil Killam was born in New Brunswick, Canada and served as pastor in 4 pastorates in Saskatchewan & Alberta, Canada. Gil is married to his wife Lorna and they have 5 children, 14 Grandchildren and 5 great grand children. He is a graduate of Eston College with a Bachelor of Biblical Studies degree. He also served President of his denomination. Gil enjoys golfing and reading in his spare time.
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