God Was Up All Night!
Have a read of Psalm 121. It’s only a short Psalm...just 8 verses long. Particularly note Psalm 121:2-3 which say: “My help comes from the Lord, the Maker of heaven and earth. He will not let your foot slip - He who watches over you will not slumber.” Wow! The One who helps you never sleeps! He stays up all night!
Do you need help? I know I do. Where do you look for help? When the Psalmist lifted up his eyes and asked, “Where does my help come from?” he was also able to answer - “My help comes from the Lord” - not from anywhere else, but from the God who created everything. So, the psalmist takes a moment to remind himself of two great truths: one is that God is a mighty Creator over all the problems of life; and two, God never sleeps.
God is a tireless Worker, particularly in your life. But, if we are not careful we fall into the trap of thinking that we are the workers in God’s kingdom. No! The Bible wants us first to be amazed that God is a Worker in our lives: “Since ancient times no one has heard, no ear has perceived, no eye has seen any God besides You, who acts on behalf of those who wait for Him” (Isaiah 64:4).
God is working for us around the clock. He does not take days off and He does not sleep. In fact, He is so eager to work for us that He goes around looking for more work to do for those who would trust Him: “For the eyes of the Lord range throughout the earth, to strengthen those whose hearts are fully committed to Him” (2 Chronicles 16:9).
God loves to show His tireless power and wisdom and goodness. And when we look at Jesus, we find the main One through whom the Father showed this: “The Son of man did not come to be served but to serve and to give His life as a ransom for many” (Mark 10:45). Jesus works for His followers. He serves them, and He keeps on doing this even now that He is risen and reigning in heaven. Paul speaks of this: “I will not venture to speak of anything except what Christ has worked through me in leading the Gentiles to obey God by what I have said and done...” (Romans 15:18). Christ worked for Paul all his life, and at the very end of his life, in his last letter, he said, “The Lord stood at my side and gave me strength, so that through me the message might be fully proclaimed...” (2 Timothy 4:17).
The eagerness of God to work for us is amazing. Not only is He “pursuing us with goodness and mercy all our days” (Psalm 23:6), but He is not just waiting for us to get His help. He is actively seeking ways to give us that help … and He is doing this with overflowing eagerness: “I will never stop doing good to them, and I will inspire them to fear Me, so that they will never turn away from Me. I will rejoice in doing them good... with all my heart and soul” (Jeremiah 32:40-41).
No wonder God stays up all night! With all His heart and all His soul He is working for those who wait for Him and trust Him. This is what we must believe - really believe - in order to “rejoice always” (Philippians 4:4) and “give thanks in everything” (Ephesians 5:20) and have the “peace that passes understanding” (Philippians 4:7) and “be anxious for nothing” (Philippians 4:6) and “hate our lives in this world” (John 12:25) and “love our neighbor as we love ourselves” (Matthew 22:39).
What a wonderful truth this is! What a reality! God is active all night and all day to work for those who wait for Him.
Pray with me: “Lord, I thank You that You are ever with me: that Your strength, Your love, Your compassion, and Your grace are ever guiding me and drawing me to be the better person You would draw out of me. I sing Your praises. Amen."
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