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Trusting God Leads To Peaceful Sleep

Trusting God Leads To Peaceful Sleep
In peace I will lie down and sleep, for you alone, O Lord, will keep me safe. Psalm 4:8 (NLT)

According to an article on Harvard Medical School’s website, we spend about a third of our lives asleep. The sad reality is, tens of millions of Americans do not get the sleep their bodies need. Nearly 20% of American adults report using some kind of sleep medication. Some have turned to alcohol for relief, and others have seemingly tried everything without relief. Can you relate to that?

As for myself, I have spent my share of sleepless nights, rolling over and over in my bed for hours. I couldn’t stop mulling over some vexing problem with a co-worker. Maybe I wake up in the middle of the night, grab a glass of water, and my brain kicks in. I cannot get any more sleep no matter how hard I try. I start to imagine everything that can go wrong in my situation. I have conversations in my head with people who are blissfully asleep, unaware of my sleepless suffering! The next day I feel weak. I go around like a zombie with black rings under my bloodshot eyes as I down cups of coffee to stay awake.

It is futile to lose precious sleep and my health because I cannot let go of what I cannot change. We should all agree that it is futility!

Fatigue distorts reality and magnifies offenses and disappointments.
Mike Murdock

The psalmist, who had his share of troubles and enemies, realized that to meditate on anything other than God’s all-sufficient provision is ridiculous! To worry about tomorrow’s problems only robs us of our desperately needed rest tonight. I have also found that most of the things I fearfully anticipated never showed up the next day. I just foolishly chose to get stuck in a worst-case scenario simulation loop! As a result, I became anxious and fretful. I forgot that the Lord cares for me and that He was waiting for me ….

Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you. 1 Peter 5:7 (NIV)

I was holding on to what I needed to give to God. Elsewhere, the psalmist adds another nugget of wisdom for us to consider:

Unless the Lord builds the house, they labor in vain who build it; unless the Lord guards the city, the watchman keeps awake in vain.It is vain for you to rise early, to retire late, to eat the bread of anxious labors — for He gives blessings to His beloved even in his sleep. Psalm 127:1–2 (AMP)

What? Do you mean I stayed up and worried about things I couldn’t change while God was already working to solve my problems? You say I could have prayed, and I could have had a good night’s rest?! Yup! Pretty much.

Why don’t you try this tonight when you go to bed? Tell God that you trust Him with your troubles. Thank Him that He promised to take care of some things while you sleep. Then close your eyes and sleep like a baby. Stop being so anxious. The Lord’s got this! Just trust Him.

Action Steps:

  1. What concerns you?
  2. Tell God you trust Him to help you.
  3. Thank Him for a good night’s rest. Your body needs it.
  4. Let it go. Let God do what God does. You do what you need to do: Rest.

Excerpted from The Art of Peace: 21 Days To A More Peaceful You by Iann Schonken: