How well did you sleep last night? Did you spend the night tossing and turning? Perhaps you hit the “snooze” button a few times this morning and still got out of bed feeling like you needed more rest? Today I’d like to give you a word of encouragement about your sleepless Savior:
I lift up my eyes to the hills—where does my help come from? My help comes from the Lord, the Maker of heaven and earth. He will not let your foot slip—he who watches over you will not slumber . . . (Psalm 121:1-3)
When was the last time you thought about Jesus staying up all night just to watch over you? Perhaps we would all toss and turn a little less and awake feeling far more rested if we kept this Gospel truth before us. The psalmist tells us that our help comes from the One who refuses to slumber or sleep.
So . . . where have you been looking for your help lately? Think about this for a moment: the Creator of the universe, the One who created you, cares so much for you that He never sleeps! That means He is always working. Jesus assures us that “My Father is always at his work to this very day, and I, too, am working” (John 5:17). Jesus is working for you; Jesus is working in you; Jesus is working through you. Every night . . . all night . . . your Savior is sleepless on your behalf.
To be sure, this thought of the Creator and Sustainer of all things, the Alpha and the Omega, watching over us day and night, is a thought almost too much for our finite minds to comprehend. The love that sought us, caught us, and bought us—the relentless, pursuing love of God in Christ Jesus—never takes a moment off or calls for a time out. Jesus is watching over each and every one of us, twenty-four hours a day, seven days each week, 365 days each year, year after year after year, from everlasting to everlasting! Our God has promised us, “Never will I leave you; never will I forsake you” (Hebrews 13:5).
When God sent Moses back to Egypt to lead His people out of bondage, He instructed Moses to tell Pharaoh, “Let my people go, that they may serve me!” We are all called to be servants of our Most High God. That is why we are here on this earth: to serve and glorify our God by doing what He has called us to do. I truly cannot think of any greater encouragement in our service to God than knowing that He is in constant service to us!
The next time you find yourself experiencing one of those “sheep-counting” moments late at night, remember that your Savior will never slumber; He will meet you in your place of deepest need in this life and in the next. You have His Word on it!
This is the Gospel. This is grace for your race. NEVER FORGET THAT . . . AMEN!