God's Cure For Sleeplessness

Charles Dickens is considered to be one of the world’s greatest novelists and storytellers. One of His most interesting, compelling, and heart-touching stories is: “A Christmas Carol.” It is considered to be a “classic.” 

However, there is an interesting story about him that that few people know. Whenever he left his home to travel and spend the night with his friends, he would take his faithful and dependable compass with him. After looking at his compass and before he retired for the night, he would always turn the head of his bed to the north. He believed that he would sleep deeply and more comfortably with his bed in that position. 

David had his own “routine” for falling asleep. He said, “I will lie down in peace and sleep, for you, O Lord, will keep me safe!” The important word in this verse of Scripture is peace. David did not say that he would lie down and sleep in peace. Rather, he believed that the peace that he experienced in his heart is what enabled him to lie down and sleep. 

But where does this peace come from? For David, it came from the Lord. David said that God gave him a greater joy than those who had experienced “abundant harvests.” The joy and gladness that David experienced and brought peace to his heart came from his relationship with God. 

We never find joy, gladness, or peace if we seek them for selfish reasons. But they fill the life of a Christian when we meet Him in prayer, seek Him in His Word, and worship Him faithfully. 

Prayer: Father, give us confidence in the promises of Your Word so that we may rest in your love and enjoy Your enduring peace through Christ our Lord. In Jesus’ Name, Amen. 

Scripture For Today: I will lie down in peace and sleep, for you, O Lord, will keep me safe. Psalm 4:8 

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