It hadn’t been very long after Mom had prayed with Emily and tucked her in for the night, that she heard Emily calling out to her. She went down to Emily’s room.
“What do you need, Emily?” she asked softly.
“Mommy,” Emily began, “when you go to bed at night, do you go to sleep?”
Emily’s mother chuckled to herself, “Of course I do…why do you ask?”
"Well,” Emily said thoughtfully, “every time I call out to you during the night, you always answer. I was wondering if that is because you are always awake.”
Maybe you have wondered the same thing as Emily. Or it may be that you have, at times, had to go and wake your parents when you needed them for something during the night. Whatever the case may be, your parents love you and are always there for you.
But have you ever wondered the same about Jesus? Do we ever have to call out to Him more than once because He is sleeping and He didn’t hear us the first couple of times? Or is He—as Emily’s Mom seemed to be—never sleeping and always there when we need Him?
This reminds me of a story in the Bible: when Elijah gathered with Israel on Mount Carmel and two altars were built. That is when Elijah told the worshippers of Baal:
“Cry aloud, for he is a god; either he is meditating, or he is busy, or he is on a journey, or perhaps he is sleeping and must be awakened.” (1 Kings 18:27)
But Psalm 121:3, 4 says:
“He who keeps you will not slumber. Behold, He who keeps Israel shall neither slumber nor sleep.”
Wow! Can you imagine never sleeping? What happens to you—and even parents—when we haven’t gotten enough sleep? We get grumpy, our words get snappy and things tend to upset us more quickly. It isn’t a very pretty picture. I wouldn’t want to think about what it would be like if we never got any sleep.
God is love and we are His precious children. There is one “walking about like a roaring lion, seeking whom he may devour” (1 Peter 5:8), so it would not be safe for us if God slept. What a comforting thought to know that whatever the time of day or night, we are able to call out to Jesus and He will hear us and deliver us!
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