Psalm 119:55-56 NIV
“In the night, Lord, I remember your name, that I may keep your law. This has been my practice: I obey your precepts.”
The sufferer is at greatest danger of hurt at night, when the mind and body relax to rest. Tiredness does not always lead to the beauty of sweet sleep. The mind has no remit but to keep active, even if the person is dragged into a weariness which does not go away. The psyche’s defences are down when rest is needed, and the anxieties of the mind suddenly come alive.
The enemy of our souls, Satan, takes full opportunity of the unguarded, unconscious state and can make us very uncomfortable. He can worry us with fear, panic and the downward spiral of negative thoughts, which is difficult to spot when the minds guard is down. Our minds have treadmills that we plod along as we try to deal with events in our lives. These quickly become entrenched and we keep visiting then regularly. Sleep can be the trigger for these treadmills and the small space between consciousness and unconsciousness makes us vulnerable for attack. This kind of situation causes much pain and takes a long time to come to terms with. Hence we often turn to drugs of some sort, to get across that threshold of sleep.
How can we stave off this attack? It is a great necessity to have scripture in your mind, so that we can remember and recite them in the dark. As we remember God’s name and who He is and His everlasting attributes, reflected in His Word, we can find comfort.
As you think of your life and how God has kept and blessed you, you can rehearse His goodness as He brings to your mind scripture, or even hymns or songs to comfort. Comfort yourself as you remember God’s goodness and wait for the feelings of panic and anxiety to fade. If you are obeying God in your daily life, you will be able to think of God’s love towards you and how He is still with you in the dark. At other times, maybe that ability disappears, and we think we are left alone to struggle.
There is no other comfort than God Himself. There is no certainty except His precious Word. As we learn the Word and take it to our lives, we can grow in such circumstances and know God in our lives in a deeper and fuller way. This is the way God draws us to know Him better and teach us resilience in the fight of faith.