By Dr. Charles W. Page
Unfortunately, as adults, the issues that keep us awake during the Christmas season are more complicated than those we experienced as kids. Financial burdens, strained relationships, difficult decisions, brooding regrets and fretful thoughts race through our minds and hinder our rest.
There is someone who “sees you when you’re sleeping and knows when you’re awake.” It’s not Santa Claus. The Bible reminds us, God’s eyes never close. Perhaps this truth can tuck us in for the night.
Behold, He who keeps Israel shall neither slumber nor sleep.” (Psalm 121:3-4)
What does God do as we slumber? Psalm 127:1-2 reminds us that God gives to those that He loves as they sleep. What does God give? Understanding God’s generous nature, one rendering would be that God gives to the believer whatever is needed at the time. God can give you wisdom and direction with decisions as you “sleep on it” overnight (Psalm 16:7, James 1:5). Maybe there is a financial need. The scriptures are filled with examples of how God provided for the physical needs of those He loved as they rested (I Kings 19:1-8; Exodus 16:1-8).
God’s gifts are good, perfect (James 1:17), eternal (Ephesians 1:3) and purposeful (Galatians 5:22-25). They do not require batteries, warranties and cannot be purchased in stores. But they are available 24/7/365—not limited to one night each year. God’s greatest gift did not arrive under a tree but on a tree (John 3:16). “He who did not spare His own Son, but delivered Him up for us all, how shall He not with Him freely give us all things?” (Romans 8:32)
It’s plain to see, God has our back as we sleep. Try this Christmas recipe for rest.
- Repent—in areas where we are aware of our transgressions. “A clean conscience
makes a soft pillow.”
- Release—control of problems you’re facing and give them over to God.
- Relate—connect with God through prayer and meditation while in bed.
- Rest—allow God to do what you cannot do for yourself as you sleep.
- Receive—God’s unmerited forgiveness, grace and blessings while you sleep.
Charles W. Page, M.D.