“Come to Me, all who are weary and heavy-laden, and I will give you rest. Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and YOU WILL FIND REST FOR YOUR SOULS.“ -Jesus ChristMatthew 11:29 NASB
Over a month ago I started having some issues with insomnia, and the melatonin that I was taking, a brand which I had used successfully before, just was not working for me. After putting up with the problem for a few weeks, I finally went and bought another brand, which I had also used before, but even that was not working as well as it used to.
I finally realized that I was nervous about some new things that I have been learning to do, which are out of my comfort zone, and I was not trusting the Lord with all my heart. Instead, I was leaning on my own understanding. (Proverbs 3:5,6)
Have you ever done that? Tried and tried to figure things out that are just beyond your understanding because they are out of your skill set and/or training? This is what I was doing, and it was keeping me up at night and depriving me of sleep.
“LORD, you establish peace for us; all that we have accomplished you have done for us.”Isaiah 26:12 NIV
I don’t have to worry. The Lord will equip me for everything He calls me to do. He knows all and is able.
Imagine with me, that someone who is wise enough to know the answers to your every struggle is also strong enough to give you rest, and is caring enough to do so. That would be God.
Have you ever tried to wrap your mind around how God, who is self-existent and completely perfect, could be humble? But if He were proud, He would no longer be perfect, so He cannot be proud. He knows the truth of who He is, and that is enough.
Jesus Christ is our example of how we should strive to be humble:
“…Christ Jesus: Who, being in very nature God, did not consider equality with God something to be used to his own advantage; rather, he made himself nothing by taking the very nature of a servant, being made in human likeness. And being found in appearance as a man, he humbled himself by becoming obedient to death—even death on a cross!”Philippians 2:5b-8 NIV
Today I’m thankful for the humility of Christ.
I’m thankful that the Father sent Him from heaven so we could have a better idea of who God is.
I’m thankful that He took on a body, humbled Himself to serve, and submitted Himself to the absolutely necessary task of becoming our sacrifice on the cross so that we could be pardoned.
I’m thankful to be forgiven.
I’m also thankful that my sleep patterns have gotten straightened out as I put my anxious thoughts in His strong and loving hands and leave them there.
How about you? Have you ever had anxiety-induced insomnia and found rest in giving your cares to Jesus? Are you thankful that Jesus is humble? Are you thankful that He died in your place that you might be forgiven?
“For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.”John 3:16 NKJV
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