In the story,”The Cockpit,”  the Queen comments scornfully on the New Testament phrase, “The Peace of God.”  She says, “As I lie sleepless, I think of the eternal insomnia of God.”  Her maid is shocked by this remark. But, the Queen goes on to say, “I only quote the Bible, God neither slumbers nor sleeps. Ah it is the pain of God, not His peace that passeth understanding.”

  Can we comprehend the pain of God?  From the time when evil first entered the heart of man, human history has been one long, dark night of pain.  Fear of life and uncertainty in death, has been the unhappy nightmare of human kind.  Life is forever trying to make us lose our nerve.  In the unavoidable experiences of sorrow and loss which come to mankind, the constant temptation is to doubt the existence, the wisdom and goodness of God.  In the midst of the immeasurable suffering of mankind, our hearts are filled with doubt.  Such questions as: does God really care, is He active and at work in our midst, does He have a purpose and plan for our lives? 

  Read what Paul wrote in Ephesians 1:4-8  “For He chose us in Him before the creation of the world to be holy and blameless in His sight. In love He predestined us to be adopted as His sons through Jesus Christ, in accordance with His pleasure and will – to the praise of His glorious grace, which he has freely given us in the One He loves. In Him,we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of sins, in accordance with the riches of God’s grace that He lavished on us with all wisdom and understanding.”

  Notice in the text, that God made a choice, He wanted to have a family.  He determined ahead of time that  people could be adopted into His family through His son, Jesus.  Jesus said, “Whosoever will may come.”  People may come, ‘just as they are’ but they cannot stay that way. The adopted children must become more and more like the Father.  God sent His son, Jesus, to show mankind how He wanted all of His children to be.  We are to be like Jesus, holy and pure.  God purchased us through the death of His son. He forgives us our sins.  He lavished on us His grace, mercy undeserved. 

  How can we know all of this and think for one moment that God does not care?  He made us, knows what is best for us, and wants each one of us to be a part of His family.  God is wide awake seeking us for His own.

  It was a terrible night on the Sea of Galilee, the lake was lashed to furry and the boat, with the disciples and Jesus in it, struggle in the waves. The twelve disciples did all they could to save themselves and Jesus.
All this time, Jesus is asleep in the stern of the boat oblivious to the roaring storm.  In their fright, the disciples awakened Jesus.  They are critical of Him, for they cried out, “Lord, save us. We’re going to drown.”  Then, they learned a much needed lesson.  Jesus rebuked the winds and the waves, and there was a great calm.  Luke 8:23-27
  That night the disciples learned, that there is someone stronger in human experience than life’s waves and storms.  There is the Christ who rules the waves and the storms. That there is a God, revealed to us in Christ, who is not asleep.  God loves you and wants you to know Him, so He can fill you with peace and give you real life – forever. 

      God neither slumbers nor sleeps.  You can count on Him.


  1. Dear Max , What a wonderful devotional. People need to know this ! God is always with us ! As always you really know what I Need to know,and others too! Thank you again for these thoughts from your heart !
    Love Joann

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