The baby. A problem. The neighbor’s dog. These are all things that can keep you awake at night. I know you’re baby is a person not a thing but stay with me. That thing that keeps you up at night is the thing that’s consuming your thoughts, your energy, your focus. Sometimes it’s a good thing. Such as your precious baby. Sometimes it’s a bad thing. Oh Fido ((sigh)).
Far too often, the thing that keeps us awake at night is a problem. Those dreaded problems. Problems consume our waking thoughts, our sleeping thoughts, and problems are like a sieve on our energy draining us of every productive thought leaving us exhausted but enable to meet the Sand Man.
How about we try this? How about we lay awake at night thinking about God’s promises? I mean really. If we have to be awake… It worked for King David and Lord knows he had a whole basket of problems to keep him awake at night. David said this…
“I stay awake through the night, thinking about your promise.” Psalm 119:45
That’s got to be how David kept himself together. When he couldn’t sleep at night, he thought, “But you are near, O Lord, and all your commands are true.”(v. 160), “Give me the discerning mind you promised.”(v. 169), “Rescue me as you promised.” (v. 170).
The promises of God will do more for your health, your energy, your productivity and effectiveness than all the sleepless nights worrying about your problems. David wrote to God, “Your promises have been tested; that is why I love them so much.”(v. 140). I seriously love this verse.
What promises has God made you? Read the Bible and you’ll find a ton of them! The Psalms are a treasure trove of promises. There are promises all through the Bible on which to focus. There are promises that God made to you personally that will encourage you, change your focus and have you sleeping like a baby. Not the hungry, wet, 2 a.m. baby.
When you go to bed at night and that nagging problem tries to crawl between the sheets with you, pick up your Bible or search through your memory bank and grab a promise to think on until you fall asleep.
Lay your head on your pillow, close your eyes and repeat to yourself God’s promise. Push away that problem and focus on the good things that God has in store for those who read His word and trust Him. It works. I promise.
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