WHILE YOU WERE SLEEPING
1 Blessed is the one who does not walk in step with the wicked or stand in the way that sinners take or sit in the company of mockers, 2 but whose delight is in the law of the Lord, and who meditates on his law day and night. 3 That person is like a tree planted by streams of water, which yields its fruit in season and whose leaf does not wither—whatever they do prospers. Psalm 1:1-3
I know that we have talked about dreaming and God's power to engage us while we are at rest. I am truly amazed how much the world can infiltrate our minds during the time that we are trying to get rest. As we are continuing to walk through this journey together, I know that for most of us we really don't think of our sleep time as a moment the satan is battling for control. But as we have seen, the way we start our day and finish our days help to lay foundations that will truly direct our path. For example, if you go to sleep at night after having an argument with someone, your psyche has picked up on that anger and you will continue to meditate on it for the entire night without realizing it. We find it hard to believe what controls our thoughts, but that 6-8 hours is a vital time in the life of our spiritual formation. That is why Paul referenced in Ephesians 4 the point that we should not allow the sun to go down while we are angry and give satan a foothold into our minds. I remember one time that April and I had a misunderstanding before going to bed and she woke up the next morning angrier than the night before. Satan will try and do ANYTHING to get to us and one of our most vulnerable times is while we are sleeping.
This is one reason that we want to encourage to book end your days with the Word of God. Our prayers is that we all take the time to really meditate on God's Word and allow it to take root and grow during the times that we cannot control. While we sleep, the body tries to reset and download the day with all that happened, both the good and the bad. So one way that we are able to walk into that moment is by placing the WORD of God in our lives to set the stage for peace, love and joy. When we are able to allow God's Word to infiltrate our
space, you will be amazed at the transformation that will occur in your daily habits. I am not saying that God will not wake you up in the middle of the night to pray or listen, but I am saying that you are at least opening up your heart and mind for God to step into your life. I have found that the more I infuse God into the equation, the more assurance and strength I find through His Word. My outlook completely changes and I am able to really discern next steps and even bad situations through a new lens. As God continues to step in and renovate our lives during this time of Lent, we have to be willing to let Him in and direct the reconstruction that has to take place. So many times the outside reflects the internal battles with bags under our eyes or stress eating. What if we just turned our lives fully over to God and realize that while we are sleeping, we can find peace because we have invited God to continue to be the Protector of our lives.
Even though we don't really know that author of today's scripture, the evidence is clear the there is a battle that continues to happen within us. Every second of our lives is filled with choices. We can either decide to continue to allow God's Word to direct our journey or be satisfied by just getting by each day. I don't know about you but I am not about just getting by each day. I want to continue to strive to be the best that I can be for God. I want to allow others to see what God can do through my personal testimony. There are two roads that we face each day and we have to come to a decision on which path we will take. One that leads us closer to God and one that leads us away from God. As the author encourages us today, we are called not to align our lives with the wicked. We are called to once again take delight in the teachings of God found in the Law. We are to find ways to apply them to our every day situations so that we will be prepared if a battle arises. We are not suppose to just hope that things will turn out for the best, but give God an opportunity to really direct us in how we can leave each day in a healthy manner for God. And that really is taking a bite of our daily bread of scripture. As we are ending our days, we see that God will continue to weed and nurture our hearts and allow us to draw nurturing from His streams of righteousness.
Walking daily with God is a choice that we all have to make and I know that there are going to be days that we falter and fail, and other days where we succeed and find true joy. All we are asking during this time is to help set yourself up to be refreshed, renewed and prepared to face whatever you may face each day. By allowing God's Word to be the first and last thing that we meditate on each day, we have the ability to truly turn our attitudes into aspiration. I just pray that we all think about that opportunity that we have to invest in our lives and future through depositing the Word of God. It is definitely an investment that will show dividends and returns. It will allow you the opportunity to grow in your walk with God
and stand on the promises that have been made to us and those that have gone before us. It will help to strengthen our faith in the times of chaos and quiet our minds in the storms. Our focus will be shifted from what can we do for us to what does God call us to do for others. It is just so amazing the difference that the Word of God can make in our lives and the way that we live. BUT you have to make that choice for yourself. I can only express how God has changed my outlook on life when I stopped filling my head with the world and chaos and started allowing God to refill my mind with peace and joy. The battle will continue and reach some of its highest marks while we sleep. I just want to offer you an opportunity to have some tools to be prepared for the battle. It is not going to be perfect overnight, but it is a first step that can lead to a closer connection with God. Father, Here I am. What can I do for You today, Amen.