Peaceful Sleep: God Watches Over Us-
-Compiled by Elsy Mathew-
|Mrs. Elsy Mathew|
It is not the circumstance which helps us to relax and sleep well,
but the state of our hearts which are right with God.
I will give you peace in your land, and you will sleep
without being afraid of anyone. (Leviticus 26:6)
One night a man dreamt that he was walking along the beach with the Lord. Across the sky flashed scenes from his past life. Each time he noticed that there were two sets of footprints on the sand’ one belonging to him and another to the Lord. But he noticed that sometimes there was only one set of footprints. And as he could recall, this was always during the saddest and hardest days of his life. This bothered him and he complained to the Lord and said, “Lord, you told me that once I decided to follow you, you would walk with me all the way. But now I have noticed that during the most troublesome times of my life, there was only one set of footprints. I don’t understand why you left me just at the times when I needed you most.” The Lord replied, “My child, I never left you at all during those times. You see only one set of footprints, because during those hard times I lifted you up and carried you.
God will guard you; he is by your side to protect you. (Psalms 121:5).
Leslie Weatherhead spoke of the charwoman who could sleep between her mop and bucket during a bombing raid on London. When asked how she could do it, she said, “The good Lord says he stays awake and watches over his own. There is no use of both of us being awake." This is very true as Proverb 3:24 says: “You will not be afraid when you go to bed, and you will sleep soundly through the night. You will not have to worry about sudden disasters, such as come on the wicked like a storm. The Lord will keep you safe. He will not let you fall into a trap. “
We are least defensive when we lie down. But if we are not confident, we will be utterly fearful and apprehensive on our beds. A confident person will be able to sleep fast and enjoy every bit of it. But our environment is often not so supportive for us to slip into slumber. Even if we sleep it will not be a sound but restless sleep. But we don’t need to be restless if we live with the wisdom to pursue righteous living. Such wisdom is available to us from God in the written Word. The Word of God instructs us to live practically by trusting God to take care of us as we live according to His commandments and admonitions. Thus when we follow the pathway of righteousness as given in the Word, we would do what God wants us to do. The warnings in the Word will make us not forsake our duties and responsibilities. Thus we will be able to live a righteous life on a daily basis.
The mountains and hills may crumble, but my love for you will never end; I will keep forever my promise of peace, so says the Lord who loves you. (Isaiah 54:10). Words of comfort, encouragement and benediction always flow to God's children through His Word. God often used men like Paul who experienced God's peace and love amidst severe tests, and channelled such words of comfort to others who go through tough times in life. These words of encouragement are God's mind for us each day. We all have every reason to be sad, or in confusion and discomfort in our daily lives, and cannot find peace on our own accord in our situations which are infiltrated by the enemy and his agents. Every effort is taken by these enemies to manipulate our lives and to take away our sleep and rest in the Lord. Our eyes are darkened by unexpected events and experiences and our hope is drained away. Thus when we lose peace, we would not be able to praise God and that is what the enemy wants to see in us. But the Word of Comfort comes from God through His people to us to encourage us to rejoice in spite of circumstances, and be comforted in times of severe persecution and oppression. We are granted these experiences of joy, peace and comfort, and at the same time we are admonished to make effort to achieve these by putting our trust in the One who is able to give these benedictions to us through His Spirit and Word. God who loves us in spite of our failures, weaknesses and thoughtlessness, forgives our failures and mistakes and extends His pure love to us. When we are in His presence, we will be able to enjoy this love just as a child enjoys the love and comfort from a parent in whose lap the child remains fearless and at perfect rest. This experience is ours too and it is for us to claim by the asking. It comes and fills our hearts as we seek to experience the peace and love of God in a larger measure. When we are filled with the Spirit of God, and as He takes full control of our emotions and intellect, God will fill every column in our minds with His love and peace which will be visible as fruit in our behavior and actions. His Spirit will stand guard around our hearts so that the discouragements arising from the environment and the enemy will not penetrate our thoughts. (Source: todayingodsword.blogspot.com)
Everywhere in the land righteousness and justice will be done. Because everyone will do what is right, there will be peace and security forever. God’s people will be free from worries, and their homes peaceful and safe (Isaiah 32:16) //-
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