Luke 8: 23, ‘But as they sailed, he fell asleep: and there came down a storm of wind on the lake; and they were filled with water, and were in jeopardy’.
I don’t think there is any other place where the writers of the Bible felt the need to tell us that Jesus slept. But at this point in time, sleep became a material fact in the report of the Bible.
First we know that the God we serve neither sleeps nor slumbers (Psalm 122: 4). But Jesus slept in this passage. The first thing to be noted here is the limitation of our physical bodies. Jesus said I must work the works of Him that sent me while it is day, because the night cometh when no man can work again (John 9: 4). What comes with the night, darkness and tiredness.
Although Jesus was physically sleeping, I dare say that He wasn’t spiritually sleeping. Let’s step into the scenario here. In fact, let’s use the titanic story. You were one of the passengers on the titanic. You’re having a really nice seep when all of a sudden, people barge into your room to tell you that the ship is sinking, what will be your first reaction? Panic!
But we look at the situation in the Bible, Jesus just calmly woke up and rebuked the storm. Amazing! Someone who was sleeping spiritually would not have been able to do that. That’s why as Christians, we must always be spiritually alert.
If we are spiritually alert, when the storms come we won’t begin to panic. So ultimately, being spiritually alert helps you stay calm while calming the storm. Spiritual alertness is hinged on faith, all Jesus could ask them was ‘Where is your faith?’
God is asking you today, where is your faith?