Sweet Sleep of the Just

“When you lie down, you will not be afraid; when you lie down, your sleep will be sweet.”

Proverbs 3:24 (NIV)

Is anyone else tired today? I have a difficult time “springing forward” into Daylight Saving Time because it is now dark in the morning when my alarm buzzes. It will take me a few days to get used to the time change, but if I make myself get up immediately, I know I will adjust.

Wisdom tells me that I will soon feel like I’m on a normal schedule again, and I will be able to enjoy longer days of sunshine when the sun goes down later. My sleep will again be sweet and plentiful.

As I was reading through Proverbs 3, I discovered another benefit to wisdom: sweet sleep. Through verses 21-26 in this chapter, Solomon explains that “preserving sound judgment and discernment” gives us life, safety, surefootedness, courage and sweet sleep. When we seek and live by God’s wisdom, we can lie down each evening with a clear conscience and enjoy peaceful sleep.

In general, I don’t have too much trouble falling asleep each night – in fact, my husband jokes that I’m asleep most nights before my head hits the pillow. This becomes evident when the book I’m reading falls out of my hands and onto the floor when I read before bed. While it’s great that I can fall asleep quickly, I do find that I often wake up in the middle of the night when I’m worried about something.

In our country, where more than 60% of the population says their sleep is disrupted a couple of times a week, sleep deprivation is an issue. While this problem can sometimes be attributed to health reasons such as restless leg syndrome or hormonal changes, Proverbs 3:21 gives us another reason our sleep is interrupted: rejection of wisdom (“sound judgment and discernment”). When we reject God’s wisdom, this can lead to a guilty conscience, worry and unconfessed sin in our lives, all of which can keep us awake at night.

If you find yourself missing sweet sleep, pray and ask God to show you if there is any unconfessed sin in your life. Ask him who or what you can pray for. Pray for wisdom.

Embrace godly wisdom and sleep the sleep of the just.


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