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Written by Cindy Hess Kasper for “Our Daily Bread” @ http://odb.org
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Original post @ https://odb.org/US/2022/02/06/sweet-sleep
When you lie down, you will not be afraid [and] your sleep will be sweet.
Today’s Scripture & Insight:
When my friend Floss lies awake at night, she thinks about the lyrics of the hymn “My Jesus I Love Thee.” She calls it her “middle-of-the-night” song because it helps her to remember God’s promises and the many reasons she loves Him.
Sleep is a necessary—but sometimes elusive—part of life. At times we may sense the voice of the Holy Spirit bringing unconfessed sin to our mind. Or we begin worrying about our job, our relationships, our finances, our health, or our children. Soon a full-scale dystopian future starts running on a loop in our brain. We assume we nodded off for a bit, but when we look at the clock, we realize it’s been only moments since we last checked.
In Proverbs 3:19–24, King Solomon suggested that we can receive sleep benefits when we embrace God’s wisdom, understanding, and knowledge. In fact, he claimed, “They will be life for you . . . . When you lie down, you will not be afraid [and] your sleep will be sweet” (vv. 22, 24).
Maybe we all need a “middle-of-the-night” song, prayer, or Bible verse to softly whisper to help us shift our jumbled-up thoughts to a mind fully focused on God and His character. A clear conscience and a heart full of gratitude for God’s faithfulness and love can bring us sleep that’s sweet.
By: Cindy Hess Kasper
Reflect & Pray
How might turning to God when you can’t sleep give you peace? What song, prayer, or Scripture can you meditate on to help you focus on God?
Dear God, thank You for loving me. Help me to focus on Your faithfulness instead of the worries of this life.
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To my brothers and sisters in Christ, please feel free to share this message of the cross with those in need…
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Age and health also have a bearing on sleep, but age and health also gives the benefits of understanding God’s peace more, as well!
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