Do Angels Sleep?

The word is very near you, in your mouth and in your heart, that you may do it. —Deuteronomy 30:14

A friend of mine has a 5-year-old daughter who is on her way to becoming a theologian. One day she asked her father, “Do angels sleep?” After pondering the theological dimensions of her question, he answered, “Yes, I think they might.” His daughter moved in with a follow-up question, “Well, then, how do they get their pajamas on over their wings?”

We may be more like that little girl than we think. We never seem to outgrow asking interesting questions that do not need to be answered. It’s healthy to be inquisitive, but it isn’t healthy to obsess over matters that don’t really matter. Such questions may sidetrack us from our faith.

What we need to know about God and His will for us is clearly spelled out in Scripture. The words He spoke through Moses to His people are true for us today. “For this commandment which I command you today is not too mysterious for you, nor is it far off. . . . But the word is very near you, in your mouth and in your heart, that you may do it” (Deuteronomy 30:11,14).

The Bible isn’t a riddle; it’s a revelation. It tells us all we need to know to be all that God wants us to be in every situation in life.

Haddon W. Robinson

God’s Word reveals what we should know
  To live for Him each day;
  His principles we must commit
  To study and obey.


The Bible is as wise in what it leaves unsaid as in what it says.

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