Part of my morning routine is reading from Mornings and Evenings by C.H. Spurgeon. The January 6th morning read was another reminder of how caring God is for His people. Maybe you’re like me and you’re a bit of a worrier. Most of my worry comes in the form of stress. I worry about my health, about my kids, and about church-related things. While I normally don’t have much of an issue getting to sleep, I do fight those middle of the night awakenings that keep me up for an hour or longer.
That’s why these words from Spurgeon were very helpful. Let them soak over you as you read them:
He, if you are one of His family, will bind up your wounds, and heal your broken heart. Doubt not His grace because of your tribulation, but believe that He loves you as much in seasons of trouble as in times of happiness. What a serene and quiet life might you lead if you would leave providing to the God of providence! If God cares for you, why need you care too? Can you trust Him for your soul, and not for your body? He has never refused to bear your burdens, He has never fainted under their weight. Come, then, soul! have done with fretful care, and leave all your concerns in the hand of a gracious God.
All of us long for the peaceful, quiet life that Spurgeon addresses. But that peace comes as we believe that is care is all-consuming, all-knowing, and present…now. I know at times that the stresses of this world can cause me to think that God has left me, He is cursing me, or He is playing some evil trick on me. But that is the farthest thing from the truth. His grace, care and love for us, as His children, is as steady and complete as Jesus’ life, death and resurrection. We have no more steady hope than that.
So, as the Psalmist declares, “In peace, I will both lie down and sleep; for You alone, O Lord, make me dwell in safety” (Psalm 4:8, ESV). Christian friend, sleep well knowing that Your God is faithful to care for you today and He will do so again tomorrow.