Scripture: from verse 6
I will give peace in the land — you will lie down to sleep unafraid of anyone.
Observation: The passage lists the blessings that will result from walking in God’s ways, as well as the punishments that will result from refusing to do so. I liked this one – a promise that God would remove wild beasts and protect them from attack, so they would be able to lie down and sleep unafraid.
In that time, all common sense argued against sleeping in the open. Someone could attack you or rob you in your sleep, or you could be hurt by a snake or scorpion or lion or wild dog, or if you avoided those fates, there was still the hot sun to burn you during most of the year.
But in God, we can defy common sense. His peace includes protection from people and animals and even the elements. If we follow where He is leading, we don’t have to worry.
We tithe, and let Him protect our finances. We reach out to others as He shows us, and trust Him to guard our hearts from being hurt. We remain chaste, and trust Him to arrange our sex lives. He provides for all our needs according to the riches of His glory (Phil 4:19).
Application: Lie down and sleep in peace. Ask Him to handle the things that are causing you anxiety.
Prayer: Father, thank you for protecting me. Thank you for reversing common sense so that I can rest. Thank you for covering all my anxieties. Amen.