Inspiration MinistriesBy Inspiration Ministries2 Minutes

In a recent book, Dr. David Neubauer reports that as many as half of all adults occasionally suffer from sleeplessness, while 10 to 15 percent have some kind of severe or chronic sleep disorder.

Why is sleeplessness such a problem? Studies have proven that it has many causes, including poor exercise and diet, sickness, mental or emotional problems, worries or anxieties.

However, Christians need to realize 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, get our attention, force us to think about something, or have us take time to pray or read His Word.

It was during a sleepless night that King Ahasuerus made a discovery that changed history. That night, as he read the records of his kingdom, he realized that Mordecai hadn’t been rewarded for saving his life. As a result of this discovery, Mordecai was promoted to a position of power. Meanwhile, Haman—who had sought to kill the Jews—was punished. The Jews were saved, all because Ahasuerus couldn’t sleep.

Remember that God might use sleeplessness—¬or anything else—for His sovereign purposes. The next time you have a sleepless night or the events of your life are interrupted in some way, look to God. Ask if He is trying to get your attention or accomplish something special.

Today, be sensitive and ready for God to interrupt your regular schedule. Give Him permission to surprise you, speak to you, challenge you, teach you, give you new direction, and change you.