Tossing and turning, turning and tossing, tossing and turning all night...
Bobby Lewis couldn't sleep at all last night. How about you? Sometimes I
close my eyes and scenes from the day rewind and replay, or worry about a problem
keeps revolving in my head and my brain just won't turn off, or slow down
so sleep can take over. It is a problem that millions all over the
Usually, it is worry or fretting about something we can do
absolutely nothing about until a later time (like morning) or at no
time because it is beyond our control. Sometimes it is all about
something we forgot to do or neglected to do, and it is usually because
we have forgotten, or worse refused, to trust God to handle the problem. We get in God's way far too often.
is bigger than our problems. David proved that with Goliath. He is
greater than nations or presidents or kings or bosses. There is nothing
in this world or out of it that God cannot handle if we allow him to do so.
The operative word here is allow. God gives His children permission with
We can choose how to react to any given situation at any
given time. God is not a dictator that we should be bent under his yoke.
God is not an evil judge that we must beg on bloody knees for our
needs. God is not a harsh taskmaster that we should have striped backs
from the whip of His will. He is none of those things for His children.
Of course, the day will come when unbelievers will be subjected to His
absolute judgment. But, not His children.
When we confess our
rebellions and disobedience, when we turn to Him and come home from our
wayward and wastrel ways, God literally runs toward us, scoopin us up in
His mighty arms, holding us and kissing us with great
devotion and great joy for the return of His prodigal child. God actually sings over us. Astonishing!
So why do we toss and turn? Are we lost in Him, or lost in this world? We do have a choice you know.
It seems that at one time David had the same problem as Bobby Lewis, but he had a different view of it all. Here are a few things David had to say about it.
Psalm 33:13 - 22
Jehovah looks down from Heaven; He sees all the sons of mankind.
From His dwellingplace He looks on all the ones living in the earth.
He forms the heart; He understands all their works.
The king is not saved by great force; a mighty man is not saved by great strength.
A horse is a vain thing for safety; nor does he save by his great strength.
Behold the eye of Jehovah is to those who fear Him, on those who hope in His mercy;
to deliver their soul from death, and to keep them alive in famine.
Our soul waits for Jehovah; He is our help and shield.
For our heart rejoices in Him because we trust in His holy name.
Let Your mercy be upon us, O Jehovah, even as we trust in You. (LITV)