Monthly Archives: January 2019

January 2019 Devotion

WIDE AWAKE It is always hard for me to rest the night before I have to do something I do not want to do. My mind races with questions, fears, anxious thoughts, and concerns. When I do sleep, my dreams are uneasy. Further, it difficult for me to pray when I am distraught. In vain you rise early and stay up late, toiling for food to eat – for he grants sleep to those he loves. (Psalm 127:2) Since I cannot sleep, does this mean that I have exhausted the love of God? No, God still loves me dearly. I am just having a very bad night. The momentary insomnia provides the evidence that I am struggling with my faith. This is not necessarily a hopeless situation. Increasing our faith is somewhat like bodybuilding. We must walk through difficult scenarios to become spiritually stronger. Each person seems to have his or her are of weakness. Just as the muscles will fail on occasion, we, too, will have our moments of spiritual malfunction. Fortunately, these things are quickly corrected with prayer, trust, empowerment from the Holy Spirit, and hope. In short, God comforts and restores us. Our wounds serve as a reminder not to fail on the next occasion. I lift up my eyes to the hills – where does my help come from? My help comes from the LORD, the Maker of heaven and earth. He will not let your foot slip – he who watches over you will not slumber; indeed, he who watches over Israel will neither slumber nor sleep. (Psalm 121:1-4)