Many Sleepless Nights

This morning the Lord awakened me very early.  As I made my way downstairs to my familiar place to meet with the Lord, I felt great tiredness from a night of little sleep.  As I began to read the word, I found myself drifting in and out of sleep.  I am sure many who read this find this scenario very familiar.  In this moment I began to pray, “Father awaken me to your word and your work for me this day.”  Suddenly heaven began to open as my mind and heard became alert and open to God’s word.

Each of the last 7 chapters of II Corinthians now held so much meaning for me. However there was one passage that stood out, II Corinthians 11:16-33. Here Paul reminds the church of all that he had faced in the gospel ministry.  Here is just one line, “Through many sleepless nights,” Vs: 27.  

When I read those words tears filled my eyes as I considered all those who lose sleep for the gospel.  Paul’s sleeplessness was not because of wrestling with God over unconfessed sin or an argument over direction.  His sleeplessness was not because he was at odds with others.  Paul’s sleeplessness was because of the gospel.

For the sake of Christ, then I am content with weaknesses, insults, hardships, persecutions, and calamities.  For when I am weak, then I am strong,” II Cor. 12:10.  

Brothers and sisters, “Why do you and I have sleepless nights?”  Do we find ourselves awake because of our obstacles or because of our opportunities?  The fact is many stay awake because of the obstacles.  These obstacles can evidence themselves in such things as: “Worry, doubt, confusion, anger, disappointment, and physical problems.”

However what would our nights be like if we turned these things around and looked at them as opportunities?  For example, if we brought our worries to God, in the night, and entrusted them into His safe keeping.  In this moment we would discover, “His grace is sufficient.”

One of the wonderful blessings of life is to walk with God through sleepless nights.  In these nights I have learned so much about God’s character, God’s sovereign purposes, and God’s power.  In these nights I have discovered how God can use everything for the sake of the gospel.

So my challenge for this day is for each of you to embrace all the hardships you are facing with the mindset, “This is for the sake of Christ.”  Oh my brothers and sisters your life is about to take on new meaning that will be for His glory. True rest comes when we are at peace with God and at peace with all God is doing in our lives.

One Response to “Many Sleepless Nights”

  1. Norman Says:

    Unless my faith is challenged through such things as hardships, it will be very difficult for it to grow. As the scriptures say for me to give thanks for ALL things. This includes those difficult times I face every now and then.

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