Sweet Sleep

Proverbs 3:24-26 When thou liest down, thou shalt not be afraid: yea, thou shalt lie down, and thy sleep shall be sweet. Be not afraid of sudden fear, neither of the desolation of the wicked, when it cometh. For the LORD shall be thy confidence, and shall keep thy foot from being taken.”

Health experts and medical professionals will tell us that getting an adequate amount of sleep will affect multiple areas. Memory, mood, immunity, focus, blood pressure, weight gain, and much more are affected when our sleep isn’t adequate enough to restore us for the next day.

If you ask anyone about their schedule, they will tell you that they are busy. A man asked a homeless person if they would like to accompany them to church the following day, and he replied, “I’m busy that day.”

Many will cite medical issues such as sleep apnea as the cause for their lack of fitful sleep. Others will have RLS (restless leg syndrome), insomnia, or some other interruption in their regular sleep pattern enough to cause damage.

When we read Proverbs and see that God is also interested in our sleep, it should make us take notice. 

They say that our minds continue to process through the issues of the day, more profound meditations that concern us, and quandaries that confound during our sleep.

We are told that we are first to seek wisdom.

Proverbs 4:7 Wisdom is the principal thing; therefore get wisdom: and with all thy getting get understanding.”

Obtaining wisdom is not the ‘cure-all’ for what ails us, but it is the vehicle that gets us there. An oft-quoted verse along these lines:

Proverbs 3:5-6 Trust in the LORD with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths.”

We can say we are trusting God while still holding on tight to our problems. 

Wisdom cannot be a piece of information we tuck away to regurgitate to others when they try to counsel them regarding their issues. Wisdom, or the way God sees things, must be infused into the very fabric of our life. 

Sleep often eludes us when our focus is narrowed solely on our problems. We think, meditate, and ruminate on issues we seemingly cannot resolve. We become restless. It takes residence in our minds and takes center stage.

Pretty soon, it is all we think about. We are overcome and overwhelmed by this issue, offense, problem, or circumstance. In our meditations, we give it power over us.

Unwittingly, we leave God out of the process and wonder why He hasn’t done anything about it. I had often thought during those sleepless nights why I held on so tightly when I knew God already has a sweet sleep awaiting me if only I’d ask.

There have been nights spent in turmoil till I finally prayed,

“Father, I cannot find a solution to these problems. In the name of Jesus Christ, your Son, I ask that you take these issues from me and deliver the promise of sweet sleep so I can better serve you tomorrow.”

When I hand them over in faith, I can allow my heart to be at ease, knowing my God is in control and will see me through no matter what. In seeking wisdom, we are to get understanding as well.

Proverbs 4:7 Wisdom is the principal thing; therefore get wisdom: and with all thy getting get understanding.”

Wisdom is seeing things God’s way (perspective). Understanding is the ability to apply wisdom the way God intended (application). 

We struggle with truths such as wisdom and understanding or living by faith because our nature is to maintain some semblance of control. To relinquish control to God, who we cannot see, is unsettling and even scary to some.

Wisdom tells me that my God loves me, accepts me, and keeps me secure. In that environment, I can allow God to take that which I cannot control to alleviate the stress caused by my lack of faith.

Trusting God heightens our awareness of the situation or circumstance. It invades our thoughts and becomes the topic of conversation, the majority of our focus, and seemingly takes on a life all its own.

God’s children should be the ones who are most at peace in these troublesome times. We have been given every resource to have a sweet sleep God has promised.

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