1st February 2012

Peaceful Nights

In peace I will lie down and sleep for you alone make me dwell in safety.”
Psalm 4:8 (YOU Version)

Have you ever suffered from insomnia? Tossing and turning restlessly, desperate for sleep? For some people it’s a chronic condition which can be exhausting and debilitating. For others, it is an occasional experience. Sometimes circumstances are the cause—an unfamiliar bed, different food or drink, illness, an argument or, especially, stress and worry. Whatever the source, it can be a frustrating experience.

As an occasional sufferer of the condition, when I came across the verse above it gave me pause for thought. Perhaps when my insomnia happens, it might be because I didn’t come to bed peacefully, or because I haven’t taken the time to give my problems and my safety into God’s hands before retiring for the night.

Try asking your heavenly Father for the peace of Christ which passes all understanding (Philippians 4:7), so that you might relax in the assurance that you rest in the vigilant care and protection of our loving Father. You never know, while it may not cure chronic insomnia, it may help with the occasional sleepless night.

Loving Father, help us to always bring to mind that you are willing to take on our cares and worries, and that you hold us in your loving presence even in our darkest hours. In deep appreciation.

Study by Shirley Henderson

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