Inspiration MinistriesBy Inspiration Ministries2 Minutes

In a recent book, a leading authority reported his findings that as many as half of all adults suffer from sleeplessness. At the same time, as many as 15 percent have some kind of severe sleep disorder.

Why is sleeplessness such a problem? Studies have proven that it has many causes, including poor exercise and diet, sickness, worries, and anxieties. There are times, for many reasons, why sleep simply may be interrupted. These interruptions can be irritating and harmful to sleep. But, as the story of Esther reveals, there are times when God accomplishes special purposes through these kinds of interruptions.

It was during a sleepless night that Ahasuerus made a discovery that changed history. Interrupted, he decided to read the records of his kingdom. In the process, he realized that Mordecai had not been rewarded for saving his life. As a result of this discovery, Mordecai was promoted. Haman, who had sought to kill the Jews, was punished. And the Jews were saved. All because Ahasuerus’ sleep was interrupted.

In fact, there are times when God may accomplish His purposes by interrupting our normal lives, even through events like sleepless nights. Perhaps He desires to speak to us. To get our attention. To force us to think about something. To pray or read His Word.

Remember that God might use sleeplessness – or anything else – for His purposes. The next time you have a sleepless night – or feel interrupted – look to God. Ask if He is trying to accomplish something. To get your attention. To speak to you.

Be sensitive and ready for Him to interrupt your regular schedule. Give Him permission to speak to you. Challenge you. Teach you. Give you new direction. Change you.