I recently came across a very interesting fact while watching a wildlife documentary film a few days ago.
Giraffes have the shortest sleep cycle of any mammal. They sleep only between 10 minutes and 2 hours in a 24-hour period and average just 1.9 hours of sleep per day. Seemingly always awake, the giraffe has nothing much in common with most humans in that regard. If we had so little sleep, it would probably mean we had some form of insomnia. But for giraffes, it’s not a sleep disorder that keeps them awake. It’s just the way God has made them.
If you think 1.9 hours a day is not much sleep, consider this fact about the Creator of our tall animal friends: Our heavenly Father never sleeps.
One of my favourite quotes from my father was “God never gets drunk and therefore God will never ever be hungover”
I remember hearing this as a young boy I used to find it very funny whenever my father said it but looking back I noticed that he always said it to uplift someone who felt or thought abandoned by God.
I always knew that it was not a bible verse, but those words always seemed to comfort those to whom he spoke as they transferred their fears and worries back into God’s hands.
I learnt at that early age to turn my worries over to God. As my father would always say ‘God is in control He Never Gets Drunk and therefore never ever has a hangover’ and of course my father would say that in his native ChiKorekore the beautiful language of my people and that gave it an authentic touch, it sounded very biblical.
Thus, every evening before I went to sleep if I had any worries or troubles I would turn them to God. I took comfort in the knowledge that He’s going to be up all night anyway.
My father’s favourite quote had never come with a scripture reference but I anchored my old man’s words on Psalm 121:3-4. The psalmist writes, “He will not let your foot be moved; he who keeps you will not slumber. Behold, he who keeps Israel will neither slumber nor sleep.”
Psalm 121 is a bold word for the weary. “I lift up my eyes to the hills. From where does my help come? My help comes from the Lord, who made heaven and earth,” the writer declares at the outset (v.1).
While every follower of Jesus can turn to this short song for clarity and strength in times of uncertainty, it takes on fresh significance for someone who feels they are somewhat abandoned because God is too busy or unconcerned about their troubles.
Describing God’s continual concern for us, the psalmist declares, “He who keeps you will not slumber” (Ps. 121:3).
In the context of this psalm, the writer makes it clear that God’s sleepless vigilance is for our good. Verse 5 says, “The Lord is your keeper.” God keeps us, protects us, and cares for us—with no need for refreshing. Our Protector is constantly seeking our good. As one song puts it: “He never sleeps, He never slumbers. He watches me both night and day.”
Are you facing difficulties? Turn to the One who never sleeps. Each second of each day, let Him “preserve your going out and your coming in” (v.8).
But my point today is that God doesn’t sleep. This comes from the Scripture that I shared earlier– “He who keeps you will not slumber. Behold, he who keeps Israel will neither slumber nor sleep.” – Psalm 121:3-4
However, you must understand that false gods sleep . . . in that they don’t answer or respond to people. Remember the story of Elijah? He challenged the priests of Baal and they all gathered together to see which god would answer by sending fire to consume the offerings. And when the priests of Baal called out nothing happened. And so Elijah taunted them saying of Baal – “Either he is musing, or he is relieving himself, or he is on a journey, or perhaps he is asleep and must be awakened” – 1 Kings 18:27.
The true God may seem to be asleep in that God doesn’t appear to hear us. As the Psalmist prays – “Awake! Why are you sleeping, O Lord? Rouse yourself! Do not reject us forever!” – Psalm 44:23. And there are times when we struggle with God in prayer and with God’s will and timing. And we ask, “Is God listening?!”
But, as scripture tells us . . .
God Doesn’t Sleep!
• God is always active and busy for our well being
• God is awake and working, even while we sleep
God is taking care of us 24/7 with no sleep, and no vacations. The point of all this is to say that God is always there for us!
Isn’t our God great in power that he needs no rest? And isn’t our God merciful to us, working on our behalf even as we sleep? Let us be thankful to the Lord. We serve a good and powerful God!
I would like us to end with a benediction based on Psalm 121:7-8: May the Lord keep you from all evil; May the Lord keep your life. May the Lord keep your going out and your coming in from this time forth and forevermore.