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Today’s Truth

In peace I will lie down and sleep, for you alone, Lord, make me dwell in safety.

(Psalm 4:8, NIV)

Friend to Friend

“What’s going to happen?”

“How will this work out?”

“Do I have the strength to get through this?”

Questions like this swirl inside her mind at the end of a hard day. Her head is on a pillow, but her heart is in another place. One that’s filled with fear, anxiety, and uncertainty.

We’ve all had nights like this one. We stare at the clock as the minutes pass by and sigh, “I used to be able to sleep like a baby.” That phrase has always sounded a little odd to me because I have lots of friends with kids and, well, their babies never seem to sleep as much as mom and dad would like.

But I think that saying comes from what happens when an infant does drift off to dreamland in the arms of someone who loves them. Their little faces are full of peace, and often what would wake many of us doesn’t disturb their slumber.

Babies sleep when they know they are secure. They sleep when they’re confident their needs will be met. The sleep of a child is an act of trust because they’re completely vulnerable—helpless and defenseless.

It’s this kind of trust that the psalmist shows when he says, “You alone, Lord, make me dwell in safety.” In other words, “I know where my security comes from, and it’s from You, God.” Like a little child, David knows whose arms will hold him. He knows who will watch over him. He knows he’s in the care of One who can be believed.

Hard days can tempt us to place our security where God never intended it to be. We grasp at money, relationships, or even self-reliance to make us feel safe. It’s a human response to reach out for what’s tangible and what seems like it will give us peace. We try to find a way to stay standing. We want to hold on to what’s in front of us with all our might.

And yet this verse extends an entirely different invitation than what our mind is screaming at us to do: it invites us to “Lie down and sleep in peace.” In other words, release control. Realize that you can’t keep yourself safe. You can’t fix this problem. You can’t be strong enough on your own.

Yes, you can partner with God, but in the same way a baby partners with a parent—in trust, obedience, and surrender.

Next time you want to stay up and strive, lie down in peace instead. It’s a strange paradox. It’s often in the moments when we feel weakest and most vulnerable that God exerts His strength on our behalf.

Lay your head on His chest. Tell Him you’re afraid and weary. Tell Him what you need. Then let your heart rest.

You are in God’s care, and your security is with Him—the One who will never let you go, who can keep you through the darkest night until the dawn.

Let’s Pray

God, You are big enough to hold the world in Your hands and loving enough to care about the smallest details in our lives. When we’re anxious, You bring peace. When we’re afraid, You give courage. When we’re unsure, You provide confidence. We release our concerns to You now and entrust ourselves to Your love.

In Jesus’ Name,

Amen.

Now It’s Your Turn

What Scripture brings you peace or reminds you that He will never let you go? Write it down or share with us today.

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Holley Gerth is a bestselling author, encourager and life coach who loves empowering women to embrace who they are and become all God created them to be. Her devotional What Your Heart Needs for the Hard Days includes 52 devotions based on Psalms that will help weary women remember that God is faithful, we’re all in this together and there’s a good plan for our lives.

15 Responses to “Even Your Darkest Night Will Lead to Dawn”

  1. Zandile says:

    Hi Holley
    Thank you for this message and for me the one Scripture that brings assurance in my heart
    is Isaiah 43.The whole chapter is like a security to me knowing that God the Almighty will always be with me.I always imagine the Heavenly Hosts by my side and my soul just rests at His arms.

  2. Bernadette says:

    Hebrews 13:5 – …….for he hath said, I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee.

  3. Kathy says:

    Psalms 46:10 Be Still and know that I am God! I struggle with trying to fix, trying to plan, trying to be so busy……I need both to lie in peace and be still……

  4. Janis says:

    Exodus 14-14 The lord will fight for you; you need only to be still.” This scripture has carried me though the hardest times in my life. Thank you for your faithfulness to God!

  5. Sarah says:

    Isaiah 43 speaks to me as well! I felt God clearly whispering the part about protecting us when we pass through waters and walk through fire one night after waking up from a dream. Our family has been through some tough hardships the past few weeks and it was a great comfort to hear His voice. honestly I have felt so near to Him, despite the fears and confusion of our life’s circumstances.

  6. Jacqueline says:

    This devotion reminds me of the promises in Ps 27:14 & Jer. 29:11. It reminds me that though i seem physically alone My Jehovah is always with me and doing whats best for me. Thank you for sharing. God bless.

  7. Stefani says:

    Psalm 27
    1 The Lord is my light and my salvation—
    so why should I be afraid?
    The Lord is my fortress, protecting me from danger,
    so why should I tremble?
    2 When evil people come to devour me,
    when my enemies and foes attack me,
    they will stumble and fall.
    3 Though a mighty army surrounds me,
    my heart will not be afraid.
    Even if I am attacked,
    I will remain confident.
    4 The one thing I ask of the Lord—
    the thing I seek most—
    is to live in the house of the Lord all the days of my life,
    delighting in the Lord’s perfections
    and meditating in his Temple.
    5 For he will conceal me there when troubles come;
    he will hide me in his sanctuary.
    He will place me out of reach on a high rock.
    6 Then I will hold my head high
    above my enemies who surround me.
    At his sanctuary I will offer sacrifices with shouts of joy,
    singing and praising the Lord with music.
    7 Hear me as I pray, O Lord.
    Be merciful and answer me!
    8 My heart has heard you say, “Come and talk with me.”
    And my heart responds, “Lord, I am coming.”
    9 Do not turn your back on me.
    Do not reject your servant in anger.
    You have always been my helper.
    Don’t leave me now; don’t abandon me,
    O God of my salvation!
    10 Even if my father and mother abandon me,
    the Lord will hold me close.
    11 Teach me how to live, O Lord.
    Lead me along the right path,
    for my enemies are waiting for me.
    12 Do not let me fall into their hands.
    For they accuse me of things I’ve never done;
    with every breath they threaten me with violence.
    13 Yet I am confident I will see the Lord’s goodness
    while I am here in the land of the living.
    14 Wait patiently for the Lord.
    Be brave and courageous.
    Yes, wait patiently for the Lord.

  8. Lori says:

    7 Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye. shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you:
    8 For every one that asketh receiveth; and he that seeketh. findeth; and to him that knocketh it shall be opened.

  9. Daedonda says:

    I blows my mind how God hears our prayers and supplies all we need. Sometimes it needs to be broken down in tiny bits for us to understand,but he is ever faithful. I am truly amazed by his love and grace.

  10. Tina says:

    For me I like psalm 23 especially vers 4 and Jeremia 11 verse 29

  11. Sherri says:

    My heart is heavy …I am in the tub at 2:30 am …because I can’t sleep …and this is what I read … God met me here and reminded me of truth because of you…I needed it…thank you so much

  12. Joanne says:

    I’m so blessed by this devotional. I too have been amazed by they promises of my Abba Father Psalm 39 has resonated with me so much and I hold tightly to this incredible reminder that has huge impact for me. Psalms 139:5 TPT –
    You’ve gone into my future to prepare the way, and in kindness you follow behind me to spare me from the harm of my past. With your hand of love upon my life, you impart a blessing to me.

  13. Tana says:

    One verse that has brought me comfort and peace over the years is Isaiah 41:13 – For I am the LORD your God who takes hold of your right hand and says to you ‘Do Not Fear; I Will Help You’.
    You can feel Him by your side and know He WILL help you through whatever you are going through. I am a two time cancer survivor and have relied on this many times over the years. Praise God!

  14. Tuduetso says:

    Thank you very much for this blessed reminder of His unfailing love.

    I love Isiah 41:13
    For I the Lord thy God will hold thy right hand , saying unto thee, fear not, I will help thee.

  15. Adesina says:

    John 14:1. My darling Lord Jesus telling me not to trouble my heart with anything but to simply trust God and Him

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