Thoughts from daily Bible reading for today – June 7, 2015
When you lie down, you will not be afraid; when you lie down, your sleep will be sweet. Proverbs 3:24
Sweet sleep comes to a secure soul. Wise is the one who lays his worries at the feet of Jesus before he lies down at night. Fear is foreign to those who sleep sweetly in the safe arms of their Savior. If you are a light sleeper, learn to listen to the Lord, write down what He is saying and go back to bed. The Almighty may awaken you as He did Samuel (see 1 Samuel 3), only to rock you back to a more restful sleep.
The Lord neither sleeps nor slumbers, as He is a trustworthy sentinel over the vulnerable state of your blissful exposure. God is on guard; so you do not have to sit up and see what is going on. You can lie down by faith and wake up rested and refreshed. A good night’s rest is a gift from God, ready to be received by faith. David, a man who faced many fears, confidently prayed:
“In peace I will both lie down and sleep, for You alone, O Lord, make me to dwell in safety” (Psalm 4:8 nasb).
Furthermore, a clear conscience is what Christ uses to calm your emotions, settle your mind, and create sweet sleep. When demons of guilt are engaged in your head you have a hard time sleeping. However, a clear conscience comes by humbly taking responsibility for your behavior and asking forgiveness from God and man for sinful attitudes and actions. Integrity and uprightness preserve you from pride and precarious living.
A clear conscience results from working through relational conflict. Why allow broken relationships to rob you of rest? Instead, go immediately in humility and initiate reconciliation that will lead to rest, as stress surrenders at the sight of relational healing. Simply talking through tension with a teachable heart releases anxieties and fears. A clear conscience that keeps short accounts will benefit in sweet sleep.
“Therefore, if you are offering your gift at the altar and there remember that your brother has something against you, leave your gift there in front of the altar. First go and be reconciled to your brother; then come and offer your gift” (Matthew 5:23–24).
Prayer: With whom do I need to seek reconciliation so we can both rest in sweet sleep?
Related Readings: Job 11:18; Psalm 121:4–7; Mark 4:38; Acts 12:6
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