Lately I have had zero solid sleep, tossing and turning, neck ache and back ache, every hour I look at the clock..ENOUGH ALREADY! I cry out to the Lord asking him to give me sound sleep and for two weeks my prayers were not answered.
And then it happened, God gave me scriptures and spoke through sermons on rest. I’m sure you all know them;
Matthew 11:28-30 ESV
Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.”
Exodus 33:14 ESV
And he said, “My presence will go with you, and I will give you rest.”
Psalm 127:2 ESV
It is in vain that you rise up early and go late to rest, eating the bread of anxious toil; for he gives to his beloved sleep.
Psalm 91:1 ESV
He who dwells in the shelter of the Most High will abide in the shadow of the Almighty.
These are just a couple of verses but there are actually over 100 referring to entering God’s rest or peace. If I can be honest with you, I have not been in the Word this past month as much as I usually am and it was evident. God presented me these scriptures and reminded me “Courtney, you have to abide in me and you will be at rest”. I didn’t realize it at the time but my mind was on overdrive thinking about circumstances going on in my life while I was trying to sleep. In the middle of the night I’d be trying to put the puzzle pieces together. Enough was enough. Right when God showed me what I needed to do, I jumped into Word before bedtime and really mediated on it and sure enough I fell into a deep sleep. Praise God! If you are restless there is nothing that’ll cure it except spending time with our comforter, Jesus Christ.