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When a crisis hits, we don’t have to go through it alone. We have the right help. We can depend on God to be the greatest ally we ever know. Lean on Him…

Giraffes have the shortest sleep cycle of any mammal. They sleep only between 10 minutes and two hours in a 24-hour period, making it an average of just 1.9 hours per day. Seemingly always awake, the giraffe has nothing much in common with most human beings in that regard. If we had so little sleep, it would probably mean we were suffering from insomnia. But for giraffes, it’s not a sleep disorder that keeps them awake. It’s just the way God has made them.

If you think 1.9 hours a day is not much sleep, consider this fact about the creator of our tall animal friends: our heavenly Father never sleeps.

Describing God’s continual concern for us, the Psalmist declares, “He who keeps you will not slumber” (Psalms 121: 3). In the context of this verse, the writer makes it clear that God’s sleepless vigilance is for our good. Verse 5 succinctly says, “The Lord is your keeper.” God keeps us, protects us, and cares for us – with no need for refreshing. Our Protector is constantly seeking our good. As one song puts it: “He never sleeps, He never slumbers. He watches me both day and night.”

Are you facing difficulties? Turn to the One who never sleeps. Each second of each day, let Him “Preserve your going out and your coming in”(v.8). The Rock of Ages stands secure, He always shall be there; He watches over all His own, to calm their anxious care. The one who upholds the universe will never let you down.

King David knew about that ally. In Psalms 18:6, he affirmed, “In my distress I called upon the Lord, and cried out to my God; He heard my voice from His temple, and my cry came before Him, even to His ears.” There is no greater help in our time of need than God. He alone can carry us through the trials and crises of life, and we have His word that He will never leave us nor forsake us (Hebrews 13:5).

When a crisis hits, we don’t have to go through it alone. We have the right help. We can depend on God to be the greatest ally we ever know. Lean on Him. When crisis looms before you, don’t face it on your own; seek advice from godly counsel, and take it to God’s throne. Our greatest hope here below is to get help from God above.

Often times, we go to bed with so many worries that keep us awake a big part of the night. We have no control over some of these worries and by morning, you haven’t gotten enough sleep and the problem is still there. This reminds me of the verse in Luke 12:25 that says, “And which of you by worrying can add a single hour to his life’s span?”

Well, scripture tells us what to do in Jeremiah 33:3: “Call to me and I will answer, and show you great and mighty things, which you do not know.” So when we are looking for solutions to what is going to happen, we can remember to call on God. And it doesn’t matter what time of the day or night it is. Remember, God is always awake.

Hence when you go to sleep at night, cast all your burdens unto Him for He cares for you. When you think about sleep, remember this quote from

Victor Hugo, “Have courage for the great sorrows in life, and patience for the small ones. And when you have laboriously accomplished your daily tasks, go to sleep in peace, God is awake.”

For this festive season, let Psalm 4:8, “I will both lie down in peace, and sleep; for You alone, O Lord, make me dwell in safety” be your portion.

Merry Christmas!

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Published in December 2015