When you lie down, you will not be afraid; when you lie down, your sleep will be sweet. Have no fear of sudden disaster or of the ruin that overtakes the wicked, for the LORD will be your confidence and will keep your foot from being snared. Proverbs 3:24-26
Something about the quiet of night seems to amplify the voice of fear. Its persistent drone has been the cause of far too many sleepless nights. Those who trust in the Lord know the secret of “sweet” sleep. It is the conscious habit of putting your fear in the Lord’s hands for safekeeping. 1 Peter 5:7 says “Cast all your anxiety on Him because HE cares for you.” He really does care and is able to protect and defend His own! The best part is, when I entrust my fear to Father for the night, I don’t have to pick it up in the morning! Anything I surrender to Him is in the best hands possible! I don’t need to fear because He will work things out for good, every time!
For Reflection: What keeps you up at night? What could you do to formally leave that fear in God’s hands? How about prayerfully making an actual list entitled “God’s concerns” and placing it there?
Lord, You are good and I trust You. I want to place my anxious fears in Your hands, but I feel like I’m always taking them back. Forgive me for my lack of faith. Teach me to release my burdens to You and to rest in Your care.