Two Kinds of Sleep

July 15, 2011 by Jong Park

Jonah Sleeps: “But Jonah had gone down into the inner part of the ship and had lain down and was fast asleep.” (Jonah 1:5)

Exhaustion From Disobedience: At the onset of the book of Jonah, God’s call for him is clear: Go to Nineveh. Two short verses later, we see Jonah running from the call rather than embracing it. Two more verses later and he is sleeping like a log during a storm. Jonah is tired of doing God’s will and his rebellion has taken a toll on his body. Exhaustion can happen when we insist on resisting God’s will and living for our own.

Jesus Sleeps: “And behold, there arose a great storm on the sea, so that the boat was being swamped by the waves; but (Jesus) was asleep.” (Matthew 8:24)

Exhaustion from Obedience: Fast forward to the pages of the New Testament and we see another Prophet sleeping. Actually, it’s the ultimate Prophet-Priest-King Jesus. He is knocked out cold even though there’s a storm raging violently. Contrary to Jonah, he is tired from doing God’s will. His exhaustion is because he has been busy obeying God the Father all day long, pouring himself out for the benefit of people and the glory of God.

Are we tired because we are running from God or because we are running with God?

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