How long will you lie there, you sluggard?
When will you get up from your sleep?
A little sleep, a little slumber,
a little folding of the hands to rest—
and poverty will come on you like a thief
and scarcity like an armed man.
For me it is difficult to hide it and so I dare to publicly confess it: I like the dolce far niente (‘sweet doing nothing’,) ie inactivity. But that does not mean I spend a lifetime doing nothing. In fact, thank God I have much work to do and to this activity I dedicate at least 40 hours per week. This, above all, to maintain balance between family and work, in addition to other activities which, according to the usually accurate view of my beautiful better half, I dedicate too much time. One knows when we are allowing the flesh to guide our steps and our agenda, so we must never ignore the warnings of God’s Holy Spirit who dwells within us alerting us to get back to work. We better listen to Him because He is our Counselor, in fact, he is the best counsel that can be found in the universe and beyond, if it were possible to live outside the universe. We also need to be clear that we can not spend the whole time as if we were in frantic activity very similar to the washing machine spin cycle. God created both work and rest and to maintain a balance between these two categories of activity is a demonstration that we have received God’s wisdom, that one that comes from above.
It is likely that in most activities you will find yourself at either end of the spectrum, whether you work hard or do nothing at all because you are “resting.” Towards which of the two extremes you lean? Neither extreme is good. The optimum level is to keep a stable balance between these two positions so we can live in an integral way. Seek, therefore, the center of balance and let’s keep it as long as possible. You will have a better quality of life and your family will thank you for it. Only to God be the glory!
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.
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!
Awake, Lord! Why do you sleep?
Rouse yourself! Do not reject us forever.
Why do you hide your face
and forget our misery and oppression?
The remarkable difference that has always existed between the plans of men and God’s plan is what makes many to think that the occasional silence of God is due to rejection, isolation or neglect on the part of our heavenly Father. Sometimes it is true that if we show a reprehensible conduct God’s will not support our plans and it will appear as if we have been ignored, but the reality is that God never leaves his children alone and if God is silent to our clamor it is because this is part of his plan . To begin with, God never rejects the repentant sinner. It is God who seeks and takes the first step that can bring about reconciliation between him and men. If we seek him with all our heart is because he has sought us first and he has never rejected our approach to him for protection. All God expects from us is that we have faith in him and that this faith is manifested through obedience to his mandates. While we remain in obedience to him our relationship with our Father is going to be perfect.
God is not someone who has bad memory and forgets things sooner than promised. It is man who sometimes tries to excuse himself from a commitment by claiming forgetfulness as justification. The only thing that God can forget is mentioned by the prophet Ezekiel: “But if a wicked person turns away from all the sins they have committed and keeps all my decrees and does what is just and right, that person will surely live; they will not die. None of the offenses they have committed will be remembered against them. Because of the righteous things they have done, they will live.” Jeremiah reinforces the message when he says: “For I will forgive their wickedness and will remember their sins no more.” So we know that God can never forget about us since the only thing he forgets about is the offenses of a repentant sinner. Do not say, then, that God has forgotten about us. It is a lie of the enemy and as such, we must ignore it. Put your trust in God and he will act. To God alone be the glory!
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