If you lie down, you will not be afraid; when you lie down, your sleep will be sweet. (Prov.3:24)
Have you ever had one (or many) of those nights where sleep eluded you? How often have you tossed and turned in pursuit of sweet sleep, only to be denied the rest for which you greatly long? Perhaps you have spent a sleepless night thinking about things that were weighing heavily upon your heart. Trials and tribulations, aches and pains all have a way of making the onset of sleep more difficult. The pharmaceutical industry has attempted to remedy the sleep-deprived by providing various medications to help facilitate sleep. Others have offered up old home remedies to help bring about a restful night. You may have a routine that helps you to wind down at night so that you can sleep peacefully. Maybe you count sheep, or drink a small glass of warm milk, or read a good book to help relax in preparation for sleeping. I am sure there are hundreds of ways that people try to get sleep, yet there are still those who cannot and do not sleep well at night. Thankfully, the Bible does provide insight into how one can get a good night’s sleep. These remedies are time-tested and God-approved. One way to help bring about a good night’s sleep is to labor diligently. God has instructed us to work so that we can provide for our families (1 Tim.5:8). We also have the privilege of working so that we can help those who are in need (Eph.4:28). If you have ever worked hard at something, whether that be back-breaking physical labor, or intense mental exercise, you know the “good tired” you feel at the end of the day. There are few things in life that are as refreshing and pleasant as a good night’s sleep brought about by wearing yourself out working that which is good! Another way to enjoy a good night’s sleep is to make sure that you are living right. God instilled within each of us a conscience, a warning system that is intended to help keep us on the right path. This inner-voice will often cause restless nights when we are not living as we should. When we are guilty of sinning against another, or of passing up opportunities to do good, the conscience often will (and should) eat at us until we make right the wrongs or until we ignore it enough that it no longer bothers us. We should always strive to have a conscience void of offence before God and man (Acts 24:16). Solomon teaches us that when we walk according to the precepts of God, our sleep will be sweet (Prov.3:24). Jeremiah found sweet sleep in knowing that God had “satiated the weary soul, and replenished every sorrowful soul” (Jer.31:26). Before pillowing your head at night, reflect on the events of the day. If your conscience is eating at you about something you have done, or left undone, do what you can to make it right immediately. Pray to God about it. Make a call to someone you have wronged. Clear the conscience, and your sleep will be sweet!
“Gracious Father, thank you for your many blessings. Thank you for the rest that awaits us in the bliss of eternity with you. Help us to labor and live for you so that we can sleep in peace and rest in hope each night. In Jesus’ name. Amen.”