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Today’s word for August 3, 2011

When you lie down, you will not be afraid;
when you lie down, your sleep will be sweet.
Have no fear of sudden disaster
or of the ruin that overtakes the wicked,
for the LORD will be at your side
and will keep your foot from being snared.
Proverbs 3:24-26

When we really put all our trust in God and have accepted to live as he expects us we receive the immediate reward of enjoying a peaceful sleep. This is something that should not be taken lightly because according to studies conducted in 2002 by the National Sleep Foundation, 58% of U.S. adults have experienced symptoms of insomnia a few times a week or more. Among the causes or factors that influence the problem of getting to and maintaining sleep are depression and stress. When we depend on God and understand that all our anxieties can be brought to his throne of grace for him to take care of them, both the pressure and uncertainty diminish, allowing us to enjoy a sweet dream. But we live busy lives and usually we lean on our own forces that are actually rather weak. The result of all this is poor quality of sleep.

With the tranquility that gives us to know that we have someone who never will let us down and who can be trusted at all times and under all circumstances, the anxiety that normally keeps us agitated and restless is mitigated. If you have problems to get to sleep, remember we must place all our anxiety on Jesus because He cares for us. Nobody can give us the peace that only he can give, the peace that the world does not know or will know until it places itself under the cover of God. Have you had trouble falling or staying asleep? Lean on the promises of the Lord Jesus and you’ll soon be sleeping like a log, or as they say now, like a walrus.To God alone be the glory!

Today’s word 3-19-2011

The fear of the LORD leads to life;
then one rests content, untouched by trouble.
Proverbs 19:23

When someone has no fear of authority, he is capable of committing any kind of mischief. While the word fear is intimately associated with the idea of being afraid, it is also associated with feeling respect and reverence towards a person, a situation, an animal or an object. You may have heard the expression “I do not fear the sea, but I respect it.” Well, this is more or less the sense of the word fear as used in today’s passage. The Merriam-Webster Online dictionary defines fear as “profound reverence and awe especially toward God”. Another meaning for the word fear is “un unpleasant often strong emotion caused by anticipation or awareness of danger”, the latter being the most common use for this word. The fear of the Lord consists of reverence, respect and the obedience that necessarily arises from the first two. Returning to today’s passage, we see that the result or outcome of showing fear ─reverence, awe─ toward what God represents ─justice, discipline, correction, etc.─ is a quiet life that is free of problems.

Is this not the life we all seek? Why, then, so few can achieve the goal of a peaceful and contented life? The answer is that very few people are moving down the path of the fear of God and even when directed to do so, they assume that fear involves apprehension or terror. In consequence, they end up in a state of anguish worse than what they were experiencing before. Let us draw near to God with fear ─respect, reverence, obedience─ and we will be following the path of life. Only Jesus Christ, who defeated death, can give you life and life in abundance. To God alone be the glory!