What Keeps You Awake at Night?
“Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about its own things. Sufficient for the day is its own trouble.”
— Matthew 6:34, NKJ
“Fear in the mind leads to anxiety in the body, reducing the quality and duration of life. Our God is able to sympathize with us because he’s been here. He is a good Dad who knows we have needs. He’ll take care of us.”
— Mark Drsicoll
90 million Americans have trouble with sleep. Many of them try or get hooked on all kinds of remedies—Tylenol PM, Benadryl, NyQuil, Ambien. I’m certainly not anti- medication; sleep aides sometimes are necessary and okay. But why take them if you don’t need them? How about we look at what are the reasons for your sleeping difficulties? At the core, most sleep problems are associated with a mind that won’t quit—a heavy heart, to do lists, problems or challenges.
If it’s physical, maybe you need to try some exercise or cutting back on your caffeine during the day. Read a book before turning out the light. Maybe seeing a doctor or professional counselor is in order. But if your source of insomnia is worry and anxiousness you need to take it to the almighty counselor. Jehovah Shalom—our god of peace which transcends all understanding who is “able to do exceedingly abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that works in us…” (Ephesians 3:20). Philippians 4:6-7 tells us to “Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God; and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.”
Here we are told to be anxious for nothing and to give everything over to God— all those things you’ve been carrying in your mind. Don’t worry over stuff that may happen or has already happened. Losing sleep over these things can make you crazy. We serve a God that can be trusted to keep that which we have committed to Him (2 Timothy 1:12). When you lay down at night turn everything you’ve been carrying over to Him. Get back to counting sheep and let it go. God’s got your back! He’s the shepherd. “Think in the morning. Act in the noon. Eat in the evening. Sleep in the night.”
— William Blake
Prayer to IGNITE:
Holy Spirit fill me with your peace that passes all understanding. Help me to turn my cares over to you and trust in you. Help me to wake rested and refreshed so I can be most effective for you.