Do you, like most of us, have too many things going on? Is it difficult to find rest because you feel you just don’t have “time” for it. Does your mind race when you lay your head down on the pillow at night?
Well, let’s consider the psalmist David. He certainly experienced crisis in his life! Remember when his son Absalom rebelled against him and gathered an army to kill him? Yet, look at what he wrote in Psalm chapter 3, “4 I cried unto the Lord with my voice, and he heard me out of his holy hill. Selah. 5 I laid me down and slept; I awaked; for the Lord sustained me. 6 I will not be afraid of ten thousands of people, that have set themselves against me round about.”
David confidently trusted God for protection and peace. Even during a rebellion, he slept peacefully. How? He cried out to the Lord, and the Lord heard him. David had assurance his prayer was answered and that brought him peace. It is easier to sleep well when we have complete assurance that God is in control. Don’t lie awake at night worrying about circumstances you can’t change, instead, just pour out your heart to God and begin to thank Him for being in control.
The Lord sustains. When David woke from sleep he acknowledged it was the Lord that had “sustained” him. Let the Lord sustain you… it’s time to rest. What an act of faith to lay down in the midst of troubles! Don’t you know that it pleases God when we flesh out our trust in such a way that we can rest, knowing He will keep, strengthen, and help us?
Jesus said in Matthew 11:28 “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.” He will give you rest. He wants you to come to bring your concerns, anxiety, stress, and troubles to him. He wants to help! It all starts when we come to him, when we pray!
It’s time to boldly come before the throne of grace, and obtain mercy, and help, in our time of need. Are you tired? Have you been losing sleep, or not getting the rest you need? Then turn it over to the Lord, and be like David… lay down and go to sleep! Not only did David find rest, but when he awoke because the Lord sustained him, he said “I will not be afraid of ten thousands of people, that have set themselves against me round about.” Wow… this is the kind of faith I want my life to reflect… and experience the peace and rest that coms with it!
I pray, “Lord, let me not fear. I will trust in you for deliverance, peace, rest, and the sustaining power of the Holy Spirit. Take my burdens and these troubling thoughts that consume me at times, and replace them with assurance, courage, and rest. I cry out to You this day, knowing You will hear me and answer my prayer, in Jesus’ name, amen.”
Rev. Cathleen N. Cathcart is pastor of New Life Worship Center in Spartanburg.