Why can’t I sleep?

“I lie down and sleep; I wake again, because the Lord sustains me.”  Psalm 3:5.

Verse chosen from today’s Bible reading; Genesis 18-19, Psalm 3, and Luke 7.

The writer of this psalm (David) was in tremendous trouble. His son Absalom was out to get him.

Is David panic stricken?  Sure doesn’t sound like it in today’s verse!

Why is David so calm and able to get good sleep?  David is confident that God will take care of him.

I am guessing that I am not the only one getting uneven sleep on occasion.  That happened to me two nights ago and it was all because I had two cups of coffee after 9PM.

What is being talked about in today’s verse is when I carry troubling things to bed with me and can’t sleep.

Not being able to sleep necessitates figuring out why.  If something troubling has occurred during the day and I’m awake “solving” it, then the problem is directly connected to my method of problem solving.  Where is God in my problem solving?

If I decide that I will “solve” things without Him, I have acquired a counterfeit god.  I have made me into a god and am assuming that I can figure things out. It might work, but it will be my solution not God’s.

Sleep is a necessity for all of us.  We cannot afford to get less than we need.  Therefore, if we don’t get right to sleep, we need to determine why. If it is related to “problem carrying” then we need to place our confidence in God.  Let go of the problem unless there is something to be done about it during normal sleeping hours.  Generally, that is not the case.  Hand God the problem and rest comfortably.

“Lord, forgive me for trusting in myself.  I need a full dose of You to handle every situation including sleeping.  I need rest.  Help me to trust You the way David speaks of in today’s psalm.  Thank You for Your Word.  I love it and I love You, Lord.”

How are you sleeping?


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