When Sleep Does Not Come

“…I remember You upon my bed, and meditate on You in the night watches.”
Psalm 63:6

My tears have been my meat day and night, while they continually say unto me, ‘Where is your God?’”
Psalm 42:3

It is true with every child of God.

There are times of celebration about how near the Lord feels to us—and then there are times when we feel that the Lord has abandoned us, and sleep is impossible. So we lie awake praying to an “absent” God.

Perhaps we even question if the Lord exists at all.

We may come to the place where we think like Asaph when he said,

“…all the day long have I been plagued, and chastened every morning. If I say, I will speak thus; behold, I should offend your children.” (Psalm 73:14-15).

Asaph couldn't tell other believers how he felt without offending them, and suffer their rebuke. Many followers of Jesus often find themselves in the same position.

They know all the right words to say about the faithfulness of the Lord and how He promises never to leave of forsake them. Even though the Bible is clear about God's faithfulness to His people, they still feel forsaken.

Like Asaph, they may stay silent—rather than offending others—and not reveal their thoughts that the Lord had forgotten His promises to them.

If sleep does not come to you because of the great weight of your burden, do what today's verse says: Remember the Lord.

Call to mind other times when He eventually delivered you from the sorrow you felt over life.

During those sleepless nights—“meditate” on the Lord.

Think of the Good Shepherd of John 10, recite Psalm 23 to yourself.

Read the beautiful 40th chapter of Isaiah several times. Ask the Lord to make its statements come alive in your situation.

Pursue the Lord in prayer through the pages of Scripture. He will surely come and bring peace to your weary heart in those “night watches”.

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