BIBLE VERSE FOR TODAY… “That night the king had trouble sleeping, so he ordered an attendant to bring the book of the history of his reign so it could be read to him.” Esther 6:1 NLT
There are a lot of reasons for not being able to sleep and many ways to address the issue. One of those may be reading. But when you are king, you don’t read when you can’t sleep, you have someone read to you. The readily available material was the record of the king’s reign.
I’m not sure reflecting on the events of you life is something that should put you to sleep, but perhaps you will discover something like King Xerxes did.
“In those records he discovered an account of how Mordecai had exposed the plot of Bigthana and Teresh, two of the eunuchs who guarded the door to the king’s private quarters. They had plotted to assassinate King Xerxes. “What reward or recognition did we ever give Mordecai for this?” the king asked. His attendants replied, “Nothing has been done for him.” (Esther 6:2,3 NLT)
The king found out that someone (Mordecai) had saved his life, but nothing had been done to thank him or recognize his loyalty.
It is good to take time, whether it is during a sleepless night or night to reflect on the events of our life. Perhaps like King Xerxes you will recall someone that you need to contact to thank or express gratitude for. They may not have “saved your life” but have been a significant source of encouragement, support, influence or friendship.
Paul wrote to the Philippians and said, “I thank my God every time I remember you.” (Philippians 1:3 NIV)
When we stop and reflect on the Lord’s majesty and faithfulness we just might find ourselves like the psalmist who declared, “When I consider your heavens, the work of your fingers, the moon and the stars, which you have set in place, what is mankind that you are mindful of them, human beings that you care for them?” (Psalm 8:3,4 NIV)
When we reflect on the Lord’s faithfulness to us over our life we can relate to the words of Psalm 37:5 (NLT) “Once I was young, and now I am old. Yet I have never seen the godly abandoned or their children begging for bread.”
When we are restless we can reflect on the Lord’s greatness, His love and faithfulness confident that the Lord “…grants sleep to those he loves.”‘ (Psalm 127:2 NIV)