Sleep Like a Baby

“I will lie down and sleep in peace, for you alone, O Lord, make me dwell in safety.” Psalm 4:8

As a young school administrator, I was excited to be invited to a special meeting on school improvement at the state department of education. The commissioner of education began the meeting with a story about a news reporter who had asked him an interesting question. The reporter asked, “With all of the difficulties and challenges you face in your job, how do you sleep at night?”

“Oh, that’s easy,” replied the commissioner without hesitation, “I sleep like a baby.” He then paused for a moment and said, “I sleep for an hour, cry for an hour, sleep for an hour, cry for an hour…”

It was a humorous way to confess that his job was filled with fear and anxiety at the seemingly overwhelming challenges facing our state’s education system. But he’s not alone when it comes to challenges, right? For many of us, life seems to be characterized by anxiety and uncertainty. There are just so many things that are beyond our control.

While we can’t eliminate every cause of uncertainty and anxiety in our lives, the Bible is clear about the path to peace despite our challenges. If you are facing fear and anxiety, consider 1 Peter 5:7, which says, “Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you.” Knowing that God loves you is the starting point to overcoming anxiety. God loves you. Drink deeply of that truth and continually turn your anxiety over to him.

David faced many daunting challenges at the time he wrote Psalm 4, but through practice he learned to turn his anxiety over to God knowing that God would grant him peace despite uncertainty. Trusting God gave David the ability to overcome his anxiety and to lie down and sleep in peace despite his ongoing challenges.

Are you challenged by uncertainty and anxiety?

Read Psalm 4 and cast all your anxiety on Jesus, knowing that he cares for you.

Having begun as a guest speaker in 2005, Dan was appointed Interim Pastor in 2008 and has been serving Maple Root Baptist ever since. As a small group leader and Chaplin for the Connecticut Tigers, Dan has a heart for the lost and the God that saves them.

Dan Kinnaman

Pastor, Maple Root Baptist Church