Daily D – Esther 6:1-2
Esther 6:1, 2 That night the king could not sleep; so he ordered the book of the chronicles, the record of his reign, to be brought in and read to him. It was found recorded there that Mordecai had exposed Bigthana and Teresh, two of the king’s officers who guarded the doorway, who had conspired to assassinate King Xerxes. (NIV)
“If you want to put people to sleep, read to them.” – Dr. Frank Barchard, History Professor
King Xerxes knew how to get to sleep when you can’t get to sleep. Have someone read to you. My Pre-Theology Advisor at East Texas State University, now known as Texas A&M University – Commerce, gave the advice located above in a discussion about sermons. Preachers who read their sermons find themselves talking in someone else’s sleep.
Xerxes knew the cure for insomnia just like every good parent knows how to get a child to sleep. The problem is, he had someone read to him about him. He couldn’t miss that. Apparently, the readers read all night. The king liked what he heard about himself.
What he heard that night led to justice, salvation, protection, and promotion.
Sometimes sleeplessness is not a problem. Sleeplessness can lead to productive discovery and planning. When you find yourself forty winks short, grab a Kindle or an old-fashioned paper book and read. An iPad will not serve you well in this instance. The light in your eyes will signal your brain it is time to be awake. This is counterproductive.
Audible books work also. Use earbuds so that you do not disturb anyone else. Set the Audible app to turn off after thirty minutes or so. Adjust the speed of the reader’s voice to something less than 1x. Slower speech makes us tireder faster.
Prayer is a good practice when your mind simply will not stop. Since God is up all night anyway, talk to him. Tell him all about your fears, your worries, your problems, and your dreams. Get good at listening. Ask him, “What do you want to say to me that I have been too busy to hear?”
Strategically placed bouts of sleeplessness can change lives, can shape nations, can bless the whole world. Prepare well for your next nocturnal adventure with God.
I will turn sleeplessness into prayerfulness.
Our Father, thank you for daily rest that prepares us for productive and effective days. Thank you also for strategically placed sleeplessness where we get to hear you more clearly. Speak to us in our insomnia. Lead us into fully alert activity that empowers justice, salvation, protection, and promotion. Amen.
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Psalm 139:17, 18 How precious are your thoughts about me, O God. They cannot be numbered! I can’t even count them; they outnumber the grains of sand! And when I wake up, you are still with me!
2 Corinthians 5:1-5 For we know that when this earthly tent we live in is taken down (that is, when we die and leave this earthly body), we will have a house in heaven, an eternal body made for us by God himself and not by human hands. We grow weary in our present bodies, and we long to put on our heavenly bodies like new clothing. For we will put on heavenly bodies; we will not be spirits without bodies. While we live in these earthly bodies, we groan and sigh, but it’s not that we want to die and get rid of these bodies that clothe us. Rather, we want to put on our new bodies so that these dying bodies will be swallowed up by life. God himself has prepared us for this, and as a guarantee he has given us his Holy Spirit.
1 Corinthians 10:13 The temptations in your life are no different from what others experience. And God is faithful. He will not allow the temptation to be more than you can stand. When you are tempted, he will show you a way out so that you can endure.