"The fear of the Lord leads to life, so that one may sleep satisfied untouched by evil." Proverbs 19:23
Proverbs is a book that is applicable to all people everywhere. It is a book filled with Godly wisdom and instruction on how to live life. Many of the great leaders of today I admire and respect have a daily habit of reading Proverbs. Even though it was written 950-700 BC the God inspired words are still being consulted today by men and women who are truly making a difference in our culture. The wisdom of God never expires, or becomes outdated.
A reverence for God and His word leads to life according to our proverb today. The One who created us has wisdom far greater than anything we can produce apart from him. When we look to Him and His ways we will discover peace in our lives. I was greatly comforted by Luke 1:78-79 during Christmas and entering the new year while being reminded why Jesus came:
"because of the tender mercy of our God, with which the Sunrise from on high will visit us, to shine upon those who sit in darkness and the shadow of death, to guide our feet into the way of peace."
Insomnia is usually a result of stress and anxieties from everyday life and the absence of peace. I personally have struggled with insomnia during seasons of life, and I can attest to the truth of the Proverbs. I turn to prayer and God’s word that I may sleep satisfied untouched by evil in my thoughts and dreams.
The Psalmist obviously did the same thing as we read Psalm 63:6-8:
"When I remember You on my bed, I meditate on You in the night watches, for You have been my help, and in the shadow of Your wings I sing for joy. My soul clings to You; Your right hand upholds me."
May I encourage you to develop a habit of reading Proverbs during this new year, and allow your mind and heart to find peace in the wisdom of God for everyday life.
In His love.
Our newest addition, little Caleb Hayes, exemplifies for us all Proverbs 19:23. He was born smiling, smiles when awake, and even peacefully sleeping. Perhaps why Jesus said:
"Unless you change, and become like little children… you will not enter the kingdom of heaven."