Psalms 132:4-5 NKJV I will not give sleep to my eyes Or slumber to my eyelids, (5) Until I find a place for the LORD, A dwelling place for the Mighty One of Jacob.”
Have you ever lost any sleep worrying about “What if…” or being anxious or even dreading over what might happen tomorrow? Sure you have. Whether it was a low grade fear like worry or all the way up to full blown dread, there has been something at some point or another that we’ve allowed to steal sleep from us. Maybe it was concern about a meeting the next day at work, or you’re worrying and digging yourself a pit of fear about finances. Perhaps you are lying in bed awake staring at the clock fearful of where and what your teenager is doing. What are you afraid of that is keeping you up at night? Whatever it is… STOP IT!
You have been delivered from ALL your fears (Psalm 34:4). This may be a good point to go back and remember your fearless nature in Christ. There are some things that are worth losing sleep over but worry and fear are not on that list.
The only thing worth giving up some sleep for is the Lord and the work of the ministry. Certainly not fear. Fear and worry cause torment that steal sleep from you. David chose to give up some sleep so that he could work on finding a place to build a permanent dwelling place for the Ark of the Covenant (even though he didn’t get to build it). He gave up sleep to pursue his passion in serving the Lord and for what was a divine mandate in his heart. David did not have sleep stolen from him by fear; he willingly laid it down in service to the Lord.
When we first opened the doors of Faith Christian Fellowship of Tucson in February of 2004 (FCFTucson.org), I was working as a contract employee for the USPS. Depending on the day of the week and the season of the year I had to be at work between 5 or 6 a.m. and would work until around 6 or 7 p.m. On Saturdays, I was usually off by about 5 p.m. and met the family at the church to vacuum and clean. I worked 6 days a week including Holidays. I even worked Thanksgiving and Christmas. The long days meant that to prepare sermons, clean the church, fold bulletins, newsletters, order supplies and maintain all the other functions I had as the Associate Pastor, completed in my off hours. Having a wife and two children meant much of that off time needed to be spent with them. There was also a necessity to maintain my personal relationship with the Lord. So what did I do? I gave up sleep. I got up early and had to stand on the edge of the bathtub to read my Bible (reading anywhere else only led to me falling back to sleep). I stayed up late after the family was asleep to work on taking care of day-to-day duties and prepare messages. After all that, I needed all the sleep I could get and couldn’t afford fear stealing any from me.
Today, I still can’t afford to allow fear to steal any of my sleep and neither can you. We need our rest so we can be refreshed to do our jobs with excellence, to be the lights He’s called us to be in our communities and to serve Him will all our hearts in our churches and in whatever He’s put before us to do. Knowing your fearless nature in Christ, you can lie down in faith and sleep free from fear. Never allow fear to steal sleep from you.
The next time you can’t sleep because of the thoughts of dread assaulting you. Get up. Don’t let fear steal sleep from you. Make a decision to give it to the Lord instead. Devote that time to worshiping God, studying His Word, praying in the Holy Ghost, or working on a project to reach people with the Gospel. It won’t take long and that dread will pass. When it does your sleep will be even sweeter (Prov 3:24). What the devil intends for evil use for good. Never lose sleep over fear.