Difficulty 4: Does God Sleep?

This question assumes that God is somewhat human and requires sleep. Some will dispute that even from the days of creation that God had to rest after 6 days of creating earth, which therefore “proves” he must take time off.

However, if we read

By the seventh day God had finished the work he had been doing; so on the seventh day he rested from all his work. – Genesis 2:2

There is no evidence that God needed to rest, only that He did rest. Other people point to:

for in six days the Lord made the heavens and the earth, and on the seventh day he rested and was refreshed. Exodus 31:17b

Here, again, there is only evidence that suggests that rest was involved following creation, but not that it was necessary for God. Rest implies that God stopped, took a break. The Scripture also states that God was refreshed, but refreshed could be translated as “energized” or “invigorated” meaning that God felt great upon seeing His creation.

Isaiah 40:28 clearly tells us:

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 40:28b

So, if you think God is taking the day off, I would assume you are wrong. God doesn’t take vacation; He watches at all times!

He will not let your foot slip—
    he who watches over you will not slumber;The Lord watches over you—Psalm 121: 3, 5

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