Comfort in the sleepless nights

by Gavin  

Comfort in the sleepless nights

 

We’ve all had sleepless nights – not only due to coffee – but where something just runs through your mind over and over. The clock ticks on and on and on… the issue does not go away. The bedroom starts to lighten, and the birds begin to tweet – and the concern still looms large on the horizon. It could be something in life, family, business or a relationship that eats at your mind – just lying there, thinking and pondering the issue.

 

Maybe you even face something at the moment? What is bothering you today? Each one of us will have something. Some people have more than one issue. And often we don’t know how to deal with it – there doesn’t seem to be any solution.

 

Well, while accepting this is not some “magic wand” verse, nor a quick promise for the day, allow me to share something from the experience of the psalmist from Psalm 94 which trust will be of some help…

 

When the cares of my heart are many, your consolations cheer my soul.” (Psalm 94:19, ESV)

 Some versions read, “In the multitude of my anxieties within me…”

 

So then, what were the Psalmists anxieties? We don’t know for sure, but we can guess from the Psalm. We get a sense of trouble, enemies and being threatened. His life was in danger, the righteous were being oppressed while the wicked seemed to prosper. Through all that is looked like God did not care. This was compounded by murder in the land of the widow and stranger and orphan. Evildoers abounded. The Psalmist has a list – a long list of problems and things that concerned him.

 

So do you – if you take time to think about it. Don’t issues trouble you too? In the country, our city, your family, your church, relationships with people, financial issues, your future, your health or someone else’ health? Maybe you can say like the Psalmist here - “In the multitude of my anxieties within me… When the cares of my heart are many.That is real and honest and raw.

 

But the verse does not end there… see what follows… “In the multitude of my anxieties within me, Your comforts delight my soul” or “…your consolations cheer my soul.”

 

This man acknowledges all that is happening. He doesn’t try to hide his problems and confusion and distress at life. “I do have a multitude of anxieties and concerns. ”

 

But – and hear the glorious “but” – Your comforts Lord delight my soul. In the middle of all the problems, the comforts of God bring a delight and joy to His heart.

 

So then, what are the comforts of God? Are they some form of warm feeling that descends out of heaven, and maybe a nice feeling of security and happiness? No. I don’t think so.

 

I believe that the comforts of God are the truth and promises found in the Word of God – truths about who God is, and what He has done for us, and what He has promised us. The pages of the Bible are full are the comforts of God for those that are in relationship with God. Those passages are designed to bring encouragement and hope. As Paul wrote:

 

For whatever was written in former days was written for our instruction, that through endurance and through the encouragement of the Scriptures we might have hope.” (Romans 15:4, ESV)

 

What about all the other comforts found in Scripture for those who are part of God’s family and are in relationship with Christ? Surely believers find comfort in God’s sovereignty, faithfulness, love, grace, power, wisdom and justice? The truths that He will never leave us nor forsake us and “I will be with you” shore up weak faith in times of feeling abandoned, right?

 

The nature of God provides a solid foundation – that he is the steadfast One, the Rock, the strong tower, mighty fortress, the King established on His throne.

 

There are rich promises of hope for the believer – that Christ is coming to claim His bride, the inheritance stored up for us in heaven, the assurance that Christians are marked with His seal and that our lives are hidden with Christ in God.

 

It’s like there are 2 lists…. The multitudes of our anxieties within us, but counterweighted against God’s comforts. And the latter far, far outweighs the former! Praise God for that! God’s comforts far outweighs the trouble and distress.

 

That means that we can and should come and find comfort in the promises contained in the Bible, and pray for the Lord to impress those on our hearts so that we truly trust in Him and find rest in Him.

 

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