For the Sleepless Nights
Insomnia has become my unwelcome companion that visits me often and stays for all hours of the night. If you have ever struggled with insomnia, you know what it's like to be desperate for sleep that just won’t come. Your mind and body begin to grow weary, starving for rest that seems no where in sight. Many times, this results in the ability to barley function the next day.
It is In our desperation for sleep that we are reminded of our own weaknesses and limitations, however, we are not without hope. Though we may be weak and weary, we can hope in God who never faints or grows weary.
“Do you not know? Have you not heard? The Everlasting God, the Lord, the Creator of the ends of the earth Does not become weary or tired. His understanding is inscrutable. He gives strength to the weary, And to him who lacks might He increases power.” Isaiah 40:28-29
WHAT KEEPS YOU AWAKE?
When insomnia strikes, it is important to try and evaluate the cause. Is something out of your control causing your insomnia or is there an area where you may be walking in sin that is keeping you up at night? Or is it maybe even a mixture of both?
Sometimes insomnia is of no fault of our own, but is due to our circumstances that we have no control over (for example a health issue, physical pain or distress). If your insomnia is caused by your circumstances, I encourage you to draw near to the Lord and to seek His comfort and rest. However, sometimes insomnia is a result of our own sin (for example sinful worry or a lack of discipline). If your insomnia is a result of your own sin, I encourage you to confess your sin, draw near to the Lord and to ask Him to help you trust in His goodness and sovereignty.
It is important to evaluate our hearts, but no matter what, whenever insomnia strikes, give your burdens over to the Lord and put your hope in Him for He never faints or grows weary.
Here are some practical tips to try when you wrestle with a sleepless night. These things may not end your insomnia, but may they bring you hope and encouragement in the Lord as you endure it.
Pray & remember that He is with you;
"The Lord is near to all who call upon Him, to all who call upon Him in truth." Psalm 145:18
"In my distress I called upon the Lord, and cried to my God for help; He heard my voice out of His temple, and my cry for help before Him came into His ears." Psalm 18:6
Put on some worship music & worship the Lord;
Read Scripture or an encouraging book;
Listen to the Bible being read aloud, a sermon or an encouraging audio book;
Write (I began working on this post at 3am due to insomnia);
Recall memorized scripture and continually repeat it to yourself;
One of my favorites to repeat to myself at night is Psalm 4:8:
"In peace I will both lie down and sleep, For You alone, O LORD, make me to dwell in safety."
Cling to the promise of eternity;
When tiredness and your lack of sleep feel too overwhelming, cry out to the Lord and cling to the future hope that you have in Him.
"And He will wipe away every tear from their eyes; and there will no longer be any death; there will no longer be any mourning, or crying, or pain; the first things have passed away." Revelation 21:4
Sleep is such a beautiful gift from the Lord, it refreshes our mind and body, gives us time to rest, frees us from pain that may haunt us while awake, and ultimately reminds us that God is sovereign over all. When it won’t come, it can be discouraging and overwhelming. The next time you wrestle with a sleepless night, I encourage you to seek the Lord, hope in Him and depend on His strength to get you through the night and the next day.