I took a 2-hour nap today and I don’t feel guilty about it one bit. As a matter of fact I think that naps are Biblical.
As we see in Genesis 2:2-3 (NIV) “By the seventh day God had finished the work he had been doing; so on the seventh day he rested from all his work.Then God blessed the seventh day and made it holy, because on it he rested from all the work of creating that he had done.”
If the Creator of the Universe rested at the end of the first week and we were created in His image, why would we think that we don’t need to rest?
Do recall this story of Elijah? “He came to a broom bush, sat down under it and prayed that he might die. “I have had enough, Lord,” he said. “Take my life; I am no better than my ancestors.”Then he lay down under the bush and fell asleep. All at once an angel touched him and said, “Get up and eat.”He looked around, and there by his head was some bread baked over hot coals, and a jar of water. He ate and drank and then lay down again.The angel of the Lord came back a second time and touched him and said, “Get up and eat, for the journey is too much for you.”So he got up and ate and drank. Strengthened by that food, he traveled forty days and forty nights until he reached Horeb, the mountain of God” – 1 Kings 19:4b-8 (NIV)
I love how God made sure that Elijah was fed and adequately rested for the journey that was before him.
If we are abiding in Christ and obedient to where He is leading, we will ALWAYS be prepared for whatever journey He has for us.