I was a fearful child. I hated ghost stories, movie previews, and the Grinch. When I would go to bed at night, every thought in my head was of all the beasts, monsters, and the Grinch coming to get me. As a result, most nights you would see me lying in bed curled up with my blankets over my head with only just my eyes and a bit of my nose sticking out. If we had no air conditioning and it was hot I would sweat all night. It took me FOREVER to fall asleep. You're a mean (& scary!) one, Mr. Grinch!
Those fears turned into other things when I reached my preteen years. I began to worry about nuclear attacks & communists showing up at my school. What if I didn't wake up in the morning? What if all of these unseen enemies became real?
In Psalm 3 David wrote of his enemies who attacked and taunted him saying, "There is no help for him in God." For me this was the truth. I knew of God, but had never looked to Him to be MY God. I had been trying to do things on my own and found myself in this place of fear and worry.
At 13 I made the decision to stop living this way. I chose Jesus Christ as my Savior from sin, but also my Savior from fear as He is the giver of Hope. From that time on, I could say like David,
"But You, Lord, are a shield around me, my glory, and the One who lifts up my head. I cry aloud to the Lord, and He answers me from His holy mountain. I lie down and sleep; I wake again because the Lord sustains me. I am not afraid of the thousands of people who have taken their stand against me on every side." --Psalm 3:3-6
From that time on I have been able to hold onto this promise that the Lord is a shield around and the one I can cry to who will answer. As a result I have slept a lot better since then knowing it is the Lord who sustains me. There are times I toss at night because I forget God's promise, but that's my fault for not holding onto it.
My question is, How about you? How do you sleep at night? How well do you rest? Do you fear the many enemies that surround you? Psalm 3 ends with this, "Salvation belongs to the Lord; may Your blessing be on Your people." God still is seeking those who long for salvation through His son Jesus that He may shower blessings on them, and that they will no longer live in fear. Call on Him today for the salvation he gives freely. (Romans 10:13)
Then you can sing as Veggietales sang back in the day, "God is bigger than the bogeyman...and He's watching out for you and me."