5 I lay down and slept;
I awoke, for the Lord sustains me.
6 I will not be afraid of ten thousands of people
Who have set themselves against me round about.
How do you typically handle conflict? Are you someone who seeks to avoid conflict at all costs, or do you embrace conflict…maybe too much? Either of these options can be ditches that we fall into. No matter how one handles conflict, it often carries mental weight with it. Conflict frequently causes stress and anxiety, often leading to a lack of rest. In today’s passage, David faced literal conflict with his son, Absalom. David was literally pursued by enemies who sought to harm him. Yet, he proclaimed that He was able to rest, even in this tumultuous time.
David made it clear why he was able to find rest: it was God who sustained him. The same is true for us. Nothing will come into our lives outside of the Lord’s control. Despite the literal thousands of enemies that pursued David, He was able to find peace and rest in God.
Yesterday, we considered that we can rest and release perceived control because God is in control of all things. Today’s text reminds us that not only is God in control of all things, but He also cares intimately for each of His people. We may be tempted to believe that because God is so great, He could not possibly care for us specifically. However, this text (and many others) refutes this idea. In Psalm 8:4, David wrote, “What is man that You take thought of him, and the son of man that You care for him?” God is infinitely great and in control of all things, but He is also intimately involved with us. We can rest because He is sustaining us specifically, along with all things. It is for this reason that David was able to lie down and sleep with confidence, knowing that God who watched over Him was awake and completely in control.
• What are some common things that cause you to lose rest?
• How might you seek to regularly submit those things before God in light of this passage?
• Pray that God would bring to mind the things that keep you from rest. Submit these areas to Him and ask for greater belief that He cares for you intimately.