By Naomi Munson:

As Christian parents there is one thing that we all have in common; lack of sleep! It begins shortly after conception or at least at birth and continues the rest of our lives. Oh, there may be seasons of rest, but many more are the times of unrest. Those events in our lives, or the lives one of our children, or a spouse, or even a parent or the world that calls us to our knees, beckoning us to the feet of Jesus, to the throne of God. Wrestling, pleading, sometimes almost demanding God’s mercy, grace, strength, wisdom… the list goes on. Many are the reasons that drag us from our comfortable beds to the kitchen table, to the corner of the couch or the great outdoors.

It seems for a while that it is one situation or one child in particular and then another, but one thing is certain it never ends! There is always something to wake us up to fight, to wrestle, to contend!

We can never devalue that call to prayer. The lives and souls of our children, other people’s children, conditions in our nation and the outcome of world events may depend on our obedience. 

As we walk through the sorrows and trials of this life, as we fight this good fight of faith, let us remember His promises. Isaiah 43:1-11 says: [1] But now thus saith the LORD that created thee, O Jacob, and he that formed thee, O Israel, Fear not: for I have redeemed thee, I have called [thee] by thy name; thou [art] mine. [2] When thou passest through the waters, I [will be] with thee; and through the rivers, they shall not overflow thee: when thou walkest through the fire, thou shalt not be burned; neither shall the flame kindle upon thee. [3] For I [am] the LORD thy God, the Holy One of Israel, thy Saviour: I gave Egypt [for] thy ransom, Ethiopia and Seba for thee. [4] Since thou wast precious in my sight, thou hast been honourable, and I have loved thee: therefore will I give men for thee, and people for thy life. [5] Fear not: for I [am] with thee: I will bring thy seed from the east, and gather thee from the west; [6] I will say to the north, Give up; and to the south, Keep not back: bring my sons from far, and my daughters from the ends of the earth; [7] [Even] every one that is called by my name: for I have created him for my glory, I have formed him; yea, I have made him. [8] Bring forth the blind people that have eyes, and the deaf that have ears. [9] Let all the nations be gathered together, and let the people be assembled: who among them can declare this, and shew us former things? let them bring forth their witnesses, that they may be justified: or let them hear, and say, [It is] truth. [10] Ye [are] my witnesses, saith the LORD, and my servant whom I have chosen: that ye may know and believe me, and understand that I [am] he: before me there was no God formed, neither shall there be after me. [11] I, [even] I, [am] the LORD; and beside me [there is] no saviour.

And a little further down verses 15-19 tell us: [15] I [am] the LORD, your Holy One, the creator of Israel, your King. [16] Thus saith the LORD, which maketh a way in the sea, and a path in the mighty waters; [17] Which bringeth forth the chariot and horse, the army and the power; they shall lie down together, they shall not rise: they are extinct, they are quenched as tow. [18] Remember ye not the former things, neither consider the things of old. [19] Behold, I will do a new thing; now it shall spring forth; shall ye not know it? I will even make a way in the wilderness, [and] rivers in the desert. And verse 25 tells us He blots out our iniquity.

Isaiah 44:1-6 promises us [1] Yet now hear, O Jacob my servant; and Israel, whom I have chosen: [2] Thus saith the LORD that made thee, and formed thee from the womb, [which] will help thee; Fear not, O Jacob, my servant; and thou, Jesurun, whom I have chosen. [3] For I will pour water upon him that is thirsty, and floods upon the dry ground: I will pour my spirit upon thy seed, and my blessing upon thine offspring: [4] And they shall spring up [as] among the grass, as willows by the water courses. [5] One shall say, I [am] the LORD’S; and another shall call [himself] by the name of Jacob; and another shall subscribe [with] his hand unto the LORD, and surname [himself] by the name of Israel. [6] Thus saith the LORD the King of Israel, and his redeemer the LORD of hosts; I [am] the first, and I [am] the last; and beside me [there is] no God. Verse 8 tells us not to fear and verse 21 tells us that He formed us and that we will not be forgotten and again that our transgressions are blotted out. That’s just in two Old Testament chapters! 

In those hours when the Holy Spirit calls and it feels the like the chains of sleep and need for rest are holding us down, let us remember that He is and that He is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him and let us choose to surrender our rest in order that we and others may enter His rest.

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