In this sermon, Rev. C.H. Spurgeon explores the gift of sleep that God gives to his beloved. He emphasizes that sleep is not something we can achieve on our own, but rather a gift from God. Spurgeon discusses different types of sleep, including the sleep of a quiet conscience, the sleep of contentment, the sleep of security, and the sleep of a happy dismission. He encourages the reader to reflect on their own relationship with God and to seek the peace and rest that comes from being one of God’s beloved.

Discussion Questions

  1. What does it mean to you that sleep is a gift from God? How does this change your perspective on sleep?
  2. Have you ever experienced the sleep of a quiet conscience? What does it feel like to have a clear conscience and be at peace with God?
  3. How can contentment in Christ bring rest and peace to your life? What are some practical ways to cultivate contentment?
  4. Do you struggle with fear or anxiety about the future? How can the sleep of security in God’s love and provision bring comfort and peace?
  5. How does the sleep of a happy dismission challenge your perspective on death? How can knowing that death is a gateway to eternal joy and rest change the way you view the end of life?
  6. How does your doctrine, or what you believe about God and his Word, impact your experience of rest and peace? How can studying and understanding the Bible deepen your faith and trust in God?
  7. How does your practical obedience to God’s commands and living out your faith impact your ability to rest in God’s love and care? How can you align your actions with your beliefs to experience greater peace and rest in your life?


Dear Heavenly Father, we thank you for the gift of sleep that you give to your beloved. We confess that we often take this gift for granted and fail to recognize it as a blessing from you. We pray that you would help us to cultivate a deeper appreciation for the rest and refreshment that sleep brings.

Lord, we ask that you would give us the sleep of a quiet conscience, that we may find peace and rest in knowing that we are forgiven and loved by you. Help us to live in contentment, finding satisfaction in you alone and not in the things of this world.

Father, we also pray for the sleep of security, that we may trust in your provision and care for our future. Help us to surrender our fears and anxieties to you, knowing that you are in control and that you will never leave us or forsake us.

Lastly, we pray for the sleep of a happy dismission, that we may have confidence in our eternal destiny and find peace in the hope of being with you forever. May we live each day with the assurance of your love and the joy of knowing that we are your beloved.

In Jesus’ name, Amen.

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