“Do you not know? Have you not heard? The LORD is the everlasting God, the Creator of the ends of the earth. He will not grow tired or weary, and his understanding no-one can fathom.” (Isaiah 40:28 NIV) (verse of the day from YOUVERSION Bible app)
You may or may not know (I didn’t know before this week) but there is a “National Nap Day.” William and Camille Anthony created National Napping Day in 1999 to highlight the health benefits of taking a short afternoon nap. They choose the day after Daylight Savings time to help others catch up on their missed sleep. So napping is not just for kids but a good thing for everyone. This year it was March 12–did you get your nap?
Today’s focus verse from Isaiah points to the fact that God doesn’t need a nap or sleep. The writer points out some important things about our God that I want to call to our attention.
First, the Lord (Yahweh) is everlasting, meaning that He has always existed and will never cease to exist. This concept is hard for us to understand because we wear out, get old and die physically. But the Lord our God has been there from the beginning of our time and He will continue to be there until the end of our time. That’s what it means when we say that God is eternal. So the first statement the writer makes is that God is not trapped in time or space.
Then we see that this everlasting God is the creator of everything we see today. Looking at Genesis 1, it was God who spoke everything (sun, moon, stars, earth, oceans, plants, animals and mankind) into existence. The Apostle John writes, “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was with God in the beginning. Through him all things were made; without him nothing was made that has been made.” (John 1:1-3 NIV) The Word here refers to Jesus so we see the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit at work in creating the world and all that is in it. So not only is the Lord an everlasting God but also the creator God.
Third, our God never grows tired or gets weary…He never takes a nap. There is the account of Elijah and the 400 prophets of Baal found in 1Kings. After the prophets marched around their altar Elijah began to tease them, “At noon Elijah mocked them. He said, “Shout loudly, for he’s a god! Maybe he’s thinking it over; maybe he has wandered away; or maybe he’s on the road. Perhaps he’s sleeping and will wake up!”” (1 Kings 18:27 HCSB) Later, after a simple prayer, the God of Israel, the God of Elijah, sent fire from heaven to consume the offering that was placed there. Our God was not sleeping or gone a trip. He is always ready to hear from us. So not only is the Lord an everlasting God and the creator God, He never gets tired or takes naps.
So the thing I want you to understand today is that even when we sleep or grow tired, when we feel like giving up, God is always ready to hear from us. Don’t stop praying for His direction and strength in your life. He will hear and carry you through whatever trouble you might be facing at this very moment. I am trusting Him desperately in the situation that is just ahead of me. Don’t ever forget that “He never sleeps nor grows weary.” That’s my POINT for today.