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Wednesday, November 4, 2015

"Just lie down..."

Have you ever had one of these conversations - or something similar?
Adult (Parent/Auntie/Uncle etc.): "Go to bed."
Child: "Why?"
Adult: "Because you need a nap/it's your bedtime etc."
Child: "But I'm not feeling sleepy."
Adult: "Ok. Just lie down there."

Sound familiar? Of course and beyond that is when an adult takes the "Child" lines - e.g. when my husband is advising me to "Just lie down." It's really tough to just lie there. I know because sometimes my husband insists that I do that in order to relax or rest. And like a lot of adults are from time to time, that's one "prescription" that works. If/when you just lie there, you either actually drop off to sleep and/or get up refreshed after your body has relaxed.

I had a "just lie down" situation recently and though I didn't sleep because my brain was active, I felt a little rested when I got up a bit later. I then felt the need to link it to a few Divine prescriptions:
Exodus 14: 13-14 - Moses answered the people, “Do not be afraid. Stand firm and you will see the deliverance the Lord will bring you today. The Egyptians you see today you will never see again. The Lord will fight for you; you need only to be still.” (NIV - emphasis mine)
2 Chronicles 20: 17 - But you will not even need to fight. Take your positions; then stand still and watch the Lord’s victory. He is with you, O people of Judah and Jerusalem. Do not be afraid or discouraged. Go out against them tomorrow, for the Lord is with you!” (NLT - emphasis mine)
Psalm 46:10 - He says, “Be still, and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth.” (NIV - emphasis mine)
Have you been in situations where God has said "Be still" (or "Just lie down") but you just can't seem to be still? Just like the "just lie down" instruction benefits the person who obeys, we have so much to benefit when we actually believe God and stay still and let Him fight for us. Be still!

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