Listen to Me, you who know righteousness, the people in whose heart is My instruction: do not fear disgrace by men, and do not be shattered by their taunts. For the moth will devour them like a garment, and the worm will eat them like wool. But My righteousness will last forever, and My salvation for all generations. Wake up, wake up! Put on the strength of the LORD’s power. Wake up as in days past, as in generations of long ago. And the ransomed of the LORD will return and come to Zion with singing, crowned with unending joy. Joy and gladness will overtake them, and sorrow and sighing will flee. I am the One who comforts you. Who are you that you should fear man who dies, or a son of man who is given up like grass? But you have forgotten the LORD, your Maker, who stretched out the heavens and laid the foundations of the earth. You are in constant dread all day long because of the fury of the oppressor, who has set himself to destroy. But where is the fury of the oppressor? The prisoner is soon to be set free; he will not die and go to the Pit, and his food will not be lacking. For I am the LORD your God who stirs up the sea so that its waves roar – His name is Yahweh of Hosts. I have put My words in your mouth, and covered you in the shadow of My hand, in order to plant the heavens, to found the earth, and to say to Zion, You are My people. Wake yourself, wake yourself up! Isaiah 51:7-17a (HCSB)
Our fears become our nightmares while we sleep. We play the reality of our lives through the turmoil of what could be while we lay on our beds at night. Our brows sweat and our hearts pace faster as we ponder in our dreams the possibility of our lives without hope and without help. Yet, even in our deepest sleep the Lord is there with us! However, the questions remains, why is it that we play out our fears while we sleep? Did God design that in us so that we could see what life what would be without His loving care?
When we experience our worst nightmares, what is our reaction in the middle of the night? We wake ourselves and get up to reassure ourselves that we were only dreaming before we can go back to sleep. Well, is that the Lord who wakens us from our nightmare to say, “Hey, I am here, I am always here.” Or, is your life so far removed from the Lord that you are left to your own devices and experiences to contend with the nightmares you face in your dreams?
Now this is not a scientific conclusion, however, I would conjecture that those who have the closest relationship with the Lord and pursue God’s will, God’s ways, and God’s wisdom according to God’s Word have the fewest and least dramatic nightmare issues. When you are assured of His loving care and can sense His hand watching over you, what fears can be played out in your dreams that would frighten you? So if you struggle with restless nights and possibly reoccurring nightmares, there is a better remedy than trying to take sleeping pills; maybe eliminating the fears and concerns you have would eliminate the nightmares that are played out in your mind. The Lord’s children dream dreams of wonderful possibilities, not harsh and fearful unrealities!
Remember the days you may have experienced in your past when God was in the center of your life, and then compare it to how you prioritize your life.
Could the priorities of your life be a part of the stress that is causing your dreams to haunt you? If you could wake up with the Lord back where He belongs in your life, how might your dreams change? Think on it!
Therefore, since we have been declared righteous by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ. Also through Him, we have obtained access by faith into this grace in which we stand, and we rejoice in the hope of the glory of God. And not only that, but we also rejoice in our afflictions, because we know that affliction produces endurance, endurance produces proven character, and proven character produces hope. This hope does not disappoint, because God’s love has been poured out in our hearts through the Holy Spirit who was given to us. Romans 5:1-5 (HCSB)