DEVOTIONAL – AUG 1
THE LORD NEITHER SLEEPS NOR SLUMBERS
Leslie M. John
“Behold, he that keepeth Israel will neither slumber nor sleep” (Psalms 121:40)
Psalm 121 is a familiar one that is read by most Christians in circumstances when they need courage, confidence and help from God. Indeed, Psalmist penned down beautiful words with excellent meaning in them.
The Psalmist looks unto the mountains lifting his eyes and wondering where his help does come from. He answers his own question that his help comes from Jehovah the creator of heaven and earth. He goes on infusing courage in others that Jehovah will not suffer your foot to be moved and assures that he keeps you and me, and he will never slumber nor sleep.
Our God is good shepherd, who protects us from evil, keeps our soul. Jehovah is our shade on our right hand, and He will keep our going in and coming out from now and for evermore.
God says to us to cast our burden upon him and be free from worries and he will sustain us. He will not allow righteous to suffer or moved because he promises that he cares and takes care of us.
Some times when we do not receive answers to our prayers we get disappointed without realizing that God does not forget our needs. This is similar to the murmuring by children of Israel, who forgot how they were delivered from the bondage of slavery under Pharaoh, and how they passed on dry land in the midst of Red Sea.
Let us be sure that God, who is faithful and merciful, works in ways that we can not see. He, whose thoughts are higher than ours, always wishes good for us. In times of delay in receiving answers to our prayers, we should not get tired of praying, nor cease to pray. He never tires of hearing our prayers and does not keep quite until he answers our prayers.
The Lorrd is our strength in our weakness. His answer to our prayer may come as a surprise to us in a way that is not in our thoughts. He does not rest and does not allow our prayers to go unanswered. Jesus wept when Mary and Martha were weeping over the death of their brother Lazarus. He took part in their sorrows and answered their prayer and called Lazarus out of death.
“Cast thy burden upon the LORD, and he shall sustain thee: he shall never suffer the righteous to be moved” Psalms 55:22)