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February 5, 2022 7:00 pm
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 that 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, a 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.
Thanks for joining us for today's encouragement from the Our Daily Bread devotional Cindy Hesse Casper about today's reading and she titled it.
Sleep when my friend floss lies awake at night. She thinks about the lyrics of the hymn, my Jesus, I love the she calls it her middle of the night song because it helped 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 into our mind, or we begin worrying about her job. I relationships, our finances are 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 moment since we last checked in Proverbs 3 verses 19 through 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 lied down you will not be afraid in your sleep will be sweet. 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 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 sweet today's Our Daily Bread devotional Scripture reading is from Proverbs chapter 3 verses 19 through 24 by wisdom, the Lord laid the earth's foundations. By understanding he set the heavens in place by his knowledge the watery depths were divided in the clouds let drop the do. My son, do not let wisdom and understanding out of your sight. Preserve sound judgment and discretion.
They will be life for you and ornament to grace your neck then you will go on your way and safety in your foot will not stumble when you lied down. You will not be afraid when you lied down your sleep will be sweet.
Let's pray dear God, we know that worries can lead to a lot of mental and emotional even physical health problems. Help us to hold our concerns out to you and trust you to carry them for us, remind us of your faithfulness and give us rest.
Thank you, Lord. It's in Jesus name we pray. Amen. Thank you for listening. I'm Rachelle Traub and today's encouragement was provided by Our Daily Bread ministries