Does God Ever Sleep?

By Biscuit Gilmer, Trinity Mascot

Biscuit Gilmer - always ready for a walk and to answer your questions.
Biscuit Gilmer – always ready for a walk and to answer your questions.

Hi, kids of Trinity! I hope your summer is going well. I’ve enjoyed taking a lot of naps this summer. In fact, I just woke up from one! Naps are great because they let me take a little break and get ready for the rest of the day. One question I’ve been asked is if God ever naps or sleeps.

I’m glad you asked! Unlike us, God does not have a physical body. God doesn’t have arms or legs, teeth or hair. Because God isn’t a human or animal, God doesn’t need to get any sleep. It’s important for us to get a lot of sleep at night, and some of us need naps, too! But, not God. That’s a good thing, because God is always busy watching over us—every minute of every day of our lives, God is with us.

Grab your Bible and turn to Genesis, that’s at the beginning of the Bible. This is the story of how God created our world. Look at Genesis 2:3. It says God blessed the seventh day and declared it holy (we’ll talk about that soon), because it was the day when he rested from his work of creation. That doesn’t mean God rested because of being tired. It means God chose to rest. It can also mean God chose to stop doing what He was doing—God was finished creating our world. Now look in your Bible at Psalm 121:1-4. Verse four says God never sleeps. There you go! That’s the answer to the question about God sleeping. No sleep needed for our awesome God. But, not us. We need sleep to stay healthy. Now, if you’ll excuse me. I… yawn… feel another nap coming on.

Until next time, remember my motto: Paws for Jesus!



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Trinity United Methodist Church is located in McLean, VA. Our weekly worship services are on Sundays at 8:30 and 10:30 a.m. and on Wednesdays at noon. Sunday School is at 9:30 a.m. for children and adults. Children up to 6th grade are also invited to Children's Education during the 10:30 service. Adult Bible Study also occurs on Mondays at 10 a.m. and Wednesdays at 6:30 p.m. Please visit our website for more information.

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