Peaceful Sleep

5 Nov

Many of us struggle with sleep, for various reasons.  One of those reasons is fear.  Fear of the immediate (What is that noise outside?) or fear that entangles our hearts like barbed wire.

I will both lie down in peace, and sleep; For You alone, O Lord, make me dwell in safety.  Psalm 4:8

The Psalmist says “both”.  I will both 1) lie down in peace, and 2) sleep.

Peace, or shalom, means completeness, soundness, welfare, and peace.  Our peace, completeness, soundness, and welfare are all to be found in Jesus, the Prince of Peace.  In that peace lies the gift of sleep.  In His safety is the gift of sleep.  Obviously there are factors that can keep us from sleep–pain, noisy neighbors, but  our safety which is a place where we are carefree is found only in Him.

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