Monday, March 29, 2021

What Keeps You Up? - Diana Francis

Love Lines welcomes guest writer, Diana Francis. 

I lie down and sleep; I wake again because the Lord sustains me. I will not fear the tens of thousands drawn up against me on every sidePsalm 3:5–6 NIV

Sometimes, we spend sleepless nights because a problem consumes our thoughts.

Insomnia can arise from worry over finances or problems at work. Personal health concerns or concerns for a family member keep us awake at night and paralyze us with fear. And how many of us have not spent countless nights tossing and turning in anguish over our children? 

Now imagine David, the writer of this verse. His son Absalom had amassed an army of men to hunt down and kill David for the throne. Yet, David slept soundly and arose refreshed. How? Because he knew the Lord was in control and that He would deliver him from adversity. God would spare David’s life, or He would take him home. Either way, David won.

David trusted God would do the right thing. Sounds easy in theory, but in practice it’s difficult.

We waste time and energy on the misguided notion that we can or should handle situations ourselves before involving God. Worse yet, we might even blame God for our problems and turn away from Him.

God assures us if we will pray and truly seek Him, we will find Him and that He will listen to us. I don’t suggest we sit on our hands and expect God to make our troubles vanish. He expects us to act in a responsible and godly manner and to obey His Word. If we will humble ourselves and put our full trust in the Lord, then we can lie down without fear in our beds and hopefully sleep soundly.

Ask God to help you worry less about trying to have great faith in God and focus rather on having faith in a great God.

Prayer: Lord, thank You for the rest found in knowing I can trust You to vanquish anything that might seek to steal my peace. Amen. 

Tweetable: Are things that shouldn't keeping you up? 

Diana Francis currently attends Dallas Theological Seminary where she will soon complete a Masters in Theology and a Masters in Christian Leadership.  She lives in Corona, California, where she serves as a lay-leader at her church. Diana enjoys Red Sox baseball, being the commissioner of her fantasy football league, and spending time with her two sons and her grandson. Her husband Rick has gone to be with the Lord.

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  1. Great reminder that God even prepares a table for us, in the presence of our enemies. He gives His children rest. Thank you this devotional reminder of how to find sleep in the midst of worrisome situations.