Be Still Saturday- Psalm 4:8-Peace

Welcome to “Be Still Saturday!” Sit down with a cup of coffee, or tea, or hot chocolate, or even soda, doesn’t matter, and spend a few minutes letting God speak to you through his word. Each week, I will share a single verse or passage that blessed my heart as I read through the Bible this year.

I will both lay me down in peace, and sleep:

for thou, LORD, only makest me dwell in safety.

Genesis 2:18

When I was younger, this was one of my favorite Scripture verses. I’ve always been a fearful person, and this verse brought me comfort. I remember, when I was a teenager, I put the verse to music and sang it to my sister at night as we went to sleep. She and I didn’t share a room until we were 14 and 10, and I still remember the tune to this day. When we were scared, it would help us fall asleep. Scared of the dark, scared of storms… I don’t know what we feared, but, you know, kids…

As a young person, I took this verse as a promise that God only allowed me to dwell in safety–that he wouldn’t let anything bad happen to me while I slept. Of course, as I’ve grown older (while I’ve experienced nothing like this in my life) I have learned that this is not always the case. Fires, natural disasters, murders, robbery… a lot of bad things can happen in the night… and in the daytime too.

Is God breaking his promise if you don’t “dwell in safety?”

When looking at the promises of God, I remember asking, “But what if he doesn’t?” What if he doesn’t keep me safe? What if something bad happens to me or my family?

I heard someone say or read it somewhere, “if God brings you to it, he’ll bring you through it.” But what does that even mean?

It means that if God allows something bad to happen in your life, he will give you the grace, wisdom, strength, and courage you need at the time you need it. Not before. When we look ahead and worry about things that haven’t happened, and may never happen, we rob ourselves of peace and think, “What’ll I do if such-and-such happens to me or someone I love?”

You’ll get through it because He will give you what you need when you need it.

You know I always read this verse as “lay me down in peace and sleep”. But did you notice the comma? It’s “lay me down in peace, and sleep.” The sleeping comes after the laying down in peace. You have to have peace before you can sleep in peace. However, it does also say both, so you aren’t supposed to just lay down in peace, and then think about all the terrible things that can happen, lose your peace, and lay awake all night worrying. Okay? Okay.

I guess the summary of all this is to have confidence — faith — in God that He has everything under control, and if bad things do come, have faith that He will give you peace to sleep, even in the storms of life.

One more thing, if you don’t know Jesus Christ as your Savior, it is impossible to have peace. In this life, or the next. Don’t waste another moment without Him, the Great Peace Giver.

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