Another way God communicates

The beauty of God’s deep sleep


Today’s post is a direct result of what I call a curious thought. As my mind dwelt on the thought, I began to pay more attention and before I knew it, I was doing a detailed bible study on the topic. Today’s topic may seem strange – it’s Deep Sleep. Sometimes when we think of sleep in a biblical context, we think of spiritual apathy, being unprepared, sleep as a symbol of laziness, etc. but the focus of this article is deep sleep as a gift of God.

In Christendom, we often talk about being alert, awake and watchful but what happens when God brings about deep sleep – the closing of the eyes and an encounter with God? In such cases, God is the instigator of deep sleep. The more I studied the subject, the more I realised that this is another way that God communicates with us. There is a purpose to this ‘deep sleep, as evidenced by the following scriptures:

The first reference to deep sleep in the scriptures is found in Genesis when God caused Adam to go into a deep sleep. It can be a gift from God.

In Genesis 2:21, deep sleep was used for creativity. God made a bride for Adam in his sleep

So the LORD God caused the man to fall into a deep sleep; and while he was sleeping, he took one of the man’s ribs and then closed up the place with flesh.

Genesis 15:12-14 – to show Abraham that his descendants would be slaves but would go into a Promised Land

As the sun was setting, Abram fell into a deep sleep, and a thick and dreadful darkness came over him. Then the Lord said to him, “Know for certain that for four hundred years your descendants will be strangers in a country not their own and that they will be enslaved and mistreated there. But I will punish the nation they serve as slaves, and afterward they will come out with great possessions.

1 Samuel 26:12 – So David would know that he could trust in the Almighty for the protection of his enemies.

So David took the spear and water jug near Saul’s head, and they left. No one saw or knew about it, nor did anyone wake up. They were all sleeping, because the LORD had put them into a deep sleep.

Job 4:12-13 – to receive God’s secrets

Now a word was brought to me stealthily, And my ear received a whisper of it. “Amid disquieting thoughts from the visions of the night, When deep sleep falls on men,


Daniel 8:18 – Daniel had prophetic visions whilst in a deep sleep

While he was speaking to me, I was in a deep sleep, with my face to the ground. Then he touched me and raised me to my feet.

Luke 9:32 – The transfiguration vision was given after the three disciples were asleep

Peter and his companions were very sleepy, but when they became fully awake, they saw his glory and the two men standing with him.

This is such an intriguing concept and I found myself asking does God still use deep sleep today? The characters who slept were not passive recipients. They were there for a divine purpose. God is the same yesterday, today and tomorrow. He is God and can speak to us however He chooses. Our responsibility (should He desire to communicate with us that way) is to recognise that it is from God.

There is nothing in the scriptures to indicate that God has stopped using these methods of revelation to communicate with us these days. So if He does, welcome it. Pray about what you have seen, listen to the message God is sending, write it down and seek counsel.

So until I appear in your inbox with more insight from the scriptures, continue to enjoy the creativity of God.


About the Author: Ola Aroyehun

Ola Aroyehun editor of The Christian Business and Professional Magazine: a magazine dedicated to helping Christians apply biblical principles to their professional lives.

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