A Neglected Remedy

Scripture to Read: 1 Kings 19:1-18

He gives His beloved sleep. — Psalm 127:2

I am often asked to speak on the subject of stress. I’m not an expert on stress, just an experienced sufferer! I simply share counsel from God’s Word that helps me live less stressfully and more restfully. Many listeners are desperate for any new insight I might offer. What blank looks I sometimes get when I make this particular recommendation: “Get more sleep!” In their longing to deepen their experience of God’s peace, they were hoping for something more spiritual than that.

But I’m not alone in linking spirituality to sleep. A godly Bible teacher was asked to share the key ingredient in his own life for walking in the Spirit. He studied the Bible and prayed regularly, but his surprising reply was this: “Get 8 hours of sleep each night.” This reply is less surprising in light of God’s initial remedy for Elijah’s stress and depression (1 Kings 19:1-18). Twice God gave him food and undisturbed sleep before gently confronting him at Mt. Horeb with his error.

Psalm 4:8 says, “I will both lie down in peace, and sleep; for You alone, O Lord, make me dwell in safety.” Sleep is not the full remedy for stress, but other solutions can become clearer to people who get adequate rest.

By: Joanie Yoder

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