Rest in God During Trials
"I laid me down and slept; I awaked; for the LORD sustained me."
In this psalm about trials, verse five seems a bit out of place. David looks around him and finds enemies on every side. They mock him and his faith, saying David's hope in God is useless. "Give up your hope, and tremble in fear!" they shout.
Like David's enemies, trials can challenge the hope and peace we have in God. We're tempted to think that our situation is never going to get any better. We'll never get past this struggle, so we may as well give up. It's natural to react to problems with fear and worry—for many people, anxiety regularly fills their day and robs them of sleep at night.
But a believer doesn't need to respond to trials that way. David reminds us that all believers have an escape from fear and worry—hope in God. We can cry out to the Lord in our troubles, and like a caring father, He will hear us and come to our aid.
Life will always bring difficult trials, but we rest secure in a God who knows our struggles, hears our prayers, and answers in love. We can lie down and sleep in peace.
Final Thought: God gives peace when we rest in Him.
CJ Harris is the managing editor for Positive Action, where he helps plan, develop, and launch Bible curricula for churches and schools. Having served as a youth pastor and Sunday School teacher, he has a passion for teaching young people about the glories of their God. A bit of a history buff, CJ received his Ph.D. in Church History in 2011, based on a study of Reformation-era missions philosophy. He and his wife—also a student and teacher of history—have two sons.
Random fact: CJ loves every board game—with the possible exception of Candyland.