One can tell when they reach old age. It’s when you ask yourself why you’re awake at zero dark thirty for no reason. Wide awake, bright-eyed and bushy-tailed; while the younger folk sleep like babies. Sitting down with my cat, I opened the Bible to Psalm 121. Lo and behold I am not four verses in when I read, “Behold, he that keepeth Israel shall neither slumber nor sleep”. It reminded me that God is awake too. It is comforting to know that He has our backs whether we slumber or sleep.
Most of my working years were spent enduring “graveyard shift”, so I consider myself an expert on the subject. I do not know how God does it (of course it is because He is who He is). There were times that it took all I had to stay awake for eight hours; let alone eternity. It is literally painful to fight sleep. I recall one particular night. It was cold, snowing and the heater was blazing in the patrol car. I had just finished checking out a call for suspicious persons in an alley. It was about 3 AM and all was quiet. What fool would be out in this snowstorm? I pulled down the dark drive and stopped to fill out a report. You guessed it. The warm against the cold caused me to doze for a few minutes. I was on watch and I failed. In contrast, God is always on watch and He never fails.
Because of the promises of God, we can lay our heads on a pillow and sleep worry-free. But we all have “bad nights”. We find ourselves worrying about our sick/lost loved ones, finances or our own illnesses. Through Scripture memorization we must learn Ps. 121:1-2, “I will lift up mine eyes unto the hills, from whence cometh my help. My help cometh from the LORD, which made heaven and earth.” Think of it. The same Person who created the universe is on call to us! “Is any thing too hard for the Lord?” (Gen. 18:14).
“The LORD shall preserve thee from all evil: he shall preserve thy soul. The LORD shall preserve thy going out and thy coming in from this time forth, and even for evermore” (Ps. 121:7-8). These promises apply to any believer in Christ. The television ditty says we’re in “good hands” with Allstate. Well, they cost too much! All it costs to be in the hands of God is admitting we are sinners, asking forgiveness, and asking Jesus to save us (Rm.10:9-10). No money at all, but certainly not free. It cost the Father His Son Jesus. “But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us” (Rm. 5:8). Jesus paid the debt we could not!