Hebrews 13:5–10 ‘Remember your leaders, who spoke the word of God to you. Consider the outcome of their way of life and imitate their faith. Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and for ever.’ (vv7–8)
In the wee small hours is often when we find it impossible to sleep. The mind switches on and all our anxieties awaken, bringing us stress. Answers are in short supply, solutions elusive.
The more we seek to focus on God, the more pressing inner panic becomes. Why is it that the middle of the night intensifies our inner fears? The reality is that we are not expected to resolve our problems alone, for whilst active and willing participants in life our lives remain firmly in God’s hands (Ps. 139:16).
Daily we pray ‘Thy kingdom come and thy will be done,’ yet may still lack confidence in God’s provision. The widow of Zarephath discovered flour and oil lasted when obedient to God, a sparse yet sufficient diet. The psalmist reminds us that when we’re too anxious to sleep, we are to place our confidence in God’s faithfulness (Ps. 4:8).
Lying down is an expression of trust, for we’re vulnerable. It’s what we do having completed work to seek rest and renewal. It’s a metaphor for resting in God’s promise of provision, even when we cannot find such provision for mind, body and spirit.
Anxiety stalks us all in different ways at different times. Remember to reflect on God’s promise whilst following the example of the widow of Zarephath and put all our energy into what’s required for today, then lie down and offer to God thanks for the day that’s past and entrust our tomorrow to Him.
AN ACTION TO TAKE:
When lying awake in the early hours besieged by anxiety, follow God’s wisdom,
rest in His promises, and slowly you can establish a new life pattern.
A PRAYER TO MAKE:
‘Lord, in peace I will lie down and sleep, for You alone,
Lord, make me dwell in safety. Amen.’ (Ps. 4:8)
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