During the last week or so I haven't been able to fall asleep very easily. For awhile now I wake often during the night. A couple of nights ago I was not able to fall asleep, so I got online and a friend was there that couldn't sleep either so we chatted for a little while. About a week ago another friend called for prayer because of night terrors. Because of all of this I decided to see what the Lord has to say about sleep and rest.
Both of these ladies read my blog so I am praying that something I find will help each of us to get the restful sleep God has for us.
Ps 121:4 Behold, He that keepeth Israel shall neither slumber nor sleep.
Well that is good news. He is always available.
Ps 121;3 He shall not suffer thy foot to be moved; He that keepeth thee will not slumber.
He will take care of me even while I sleep.
1 Kings 3:5 In Gibeon the Lord appeared to Solomon in a dream by night; and God said, Ask what I shall give thee.
God speaks to us sometimes through our dreams.
Ps 4:8 I will both lay me down in peace, and sleep: for Thou, Lord, only makest me dwell in safety.
Here is a reassurance that He will keep me safe as I sleep.
Ps 127:2 It is vain for you to rise up early, to sit up late, to eat the bread of sorrows: for so He giveth His beloved sleep.
There is a dear sweet lady I got to know through her writings. She made a vow to God many years ago to rise early and spend time with the Lord. For awhile after reading about all the blessings she received from doing that I decided I too would rise very early for my quiet time. I struggled for awhile trying to train myself to do it, but you know what? God made us each differently. I am not an early riser. If I do get up that early, I struggle all day physically and mentally. For awhile I felt horrible that I was failing God by not rising early to spend precious time with Him. Then one day He made me realize that what time of day or night I do it isn't important, what is important is that I DO it. That brought me sweet release from the condemnation I had let the devil put me under. Do I still read her writings? Oh definitely, but I no longer judge my worth to God by what she does or doesn't do differently from me. I judge my worth to God by how well I obey Him.
There are places in the word that use sleep in a spiritual sense but sine we are having trouble with physical sleep I focused on those uses.
Ex 33:14 And He said, My presence shall go with thee, and I will give you rest.
Our rest comes from God. I hope this gives us rest tonight.