07/06/19 – Acts 24:1-27; Psalm 4:1-8; Proverbs 18:16-18

I have a stress-filled job, and I also have periodic bouts of insomnia. Could there be a connection between the two?

In a word, yes. Not all insomnia is due to stress, but people who are under considerable stress can have insomnia. In the case of insomnia related to stress, alleviating the stress should alleviate the insomnia. Stress causes insomnia by making it difficult to fall asleep and to stay asleep, and by affecting the quality of your sleep. Stress causes hyperarousal, which can upset the balance between sleep and wakefulness.   (From the National Sleep Foundation.”)

David is begin pursued and battled by his own son, Absalom and yet in Psalm Chapters 3 and 4 we see David acknowledge that he will sleep:

Psalm 3:  I call out to the Lord, and he answers me from his holy mountain.  I lie down and sleep; I wake again, because the Lord sustains me.

Psalm 4In peace I will lie down and sleep,  for you alone, Lord, make me dwell in safety.

And why does he sleep — it is his faith that no matter the circumstances the Lord will provide.  Lord willing, our faith will grow and mimic David’s.