Lack of Sleep

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Are your problems so great that you can't sleep at night? Take your eyes off the world and place them on your Creator!

When I lie down I think, 'How long before I get up?' The night drags on, and I toss till dawn. Job 7:4 NIV

Have you ever felt like Job? The problems of tomorrow are so great that you can’t sleep at night. I’ve been there many times. Often, when the next day comes, it wasn’t as bad as my midnight imagination thought it would be. I wake up, tired and cranky, wondering why I allowed myself to dream up such stress.

God’s Word promises His children a peace that surpasses our understanding. David wrote in the Psalms: “I will lie down and sleep in peace, for you alone, O LORD, make me dwell in safety.” God intends for us to get a good night sleep. Did you get one last night?

At times when my sleep is affected by my worries of life, I find that if I reflect on the reasons why it happens, I realize it is most likely because I have lost my focus. Yes, the problems I worry about are real. Yes, the outcomes of those problems are scary. Yes, at the time, it seems everything is hopeless. But, when I stop and take my focus off of my troubles, and place them on my God, I realize everything is not as bad as it seems.

Is He in control? Yes. Is He watching over me, even as I sleep? Yes. Is He working all things for an ultimate good? Yes. Has He prepared an eternity for me which is secure? Yes. Will I one day see my Redeemer face to face? Yes.

If my lack of sleep is because I am worried about the struggles of life, it can most often be corrected through a proper refocus. When I take my eyes off the world, and place them on my Creator, I can sleep soundly in Jesus, knowing everything will be okay!

 

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