Day Seven – He works while we sleep

Today’s Scripture: Genesis 19:27-29

Several years ago, I met an older pastor’s wife who told me she had had a nervous breakdown a few years back. “Whenever we faced a challenge in our ministry,” she said, “we would pray about it. Then I felt obligated to step in to help the Lord. I thought I was an assistant to the Holy Spirit.” She went on to explain that after she emotionally crashed and burned, the Lord reminded her of His great power—and her lack thereof. “Once I resigned as His assistant,” she admitted, “my health returned and my joy was restored.”

To be honest with you, as she shared her story, I remember thinking to myself, But I thought assisting the Holy Spirit was MY job. What make us think the Lord can’t do anything without us? Probably a lack of complete trust in Him.

After Abraham got a good night’s sleep, scripture says he “got up and returned to the place where he had stood before the Lord. He looked toward Sodom and Gomorrah . . . So when God destroyed the cities, He remembered Abraham . . . “ The Lord worked while Abraham slept!

Although our circumstances are not as dire as Abraham’s, we all carry some sort of concern for our loved ones. When the load seems heavier than you can bear, remember Abraham’s example. Stay in presence of the Lord until He releases you. Then go home and get some rest. The Lord works while you sleep, and joy comes in the morning.

  • What keeps you awake at night? How can you trust God more to do what is beyond your ability?
  • How will your relationship with the Lord be different after this week’s quest?

Feel free to post your thoughts and insights!