Today's Readings: OT - 2 Chronicles 22 / NT - Psalm 3-5
"I lie down and sleep; I wake again, because the LORD sustains me... I will lie down and sleep in peace, for you alone, O LORD, make me dwell in safety." - Psalm 3:5; 4:8
During the nineteenth century Jacob and Wilhelm Grimm published a vast number of fairy tales. One of the most well known is the story of Sleeping Beauty. A fair princess lies asleep for a hundred years until a brave prince arrives to kiss the sweet girl awake. The princess certainly didn't suffer from sleep deprivation. In real life many people lie down, only to toss and turn with worries and fears haunting them through the night. Rest evades them.
David wrote at a time when trouble and danger bit at his heals and yet he could sleep restfully. His faith in the Lord who sustained him was great. David found safety in nothing else other than the Lord and as a result he could sleep in peace. Rest embraced him.
Are you pressed and stressed in the night hours by anxiety? Are you so concerned about the problems of tomorrow that you can't find sleep for the here and now? How big is your God today? How focused is your faith in Him? Is God able to protect you and provide for your every need? Put your trust in the Lord, lie down to sleep and he will sustain you in safety, and then... Rest will embrace you.
Tomorrow's Readings: OT - 2 Chronicles 23 / NT - Luke 5