Psalm 16:7, "I will praise the Lord, who counsels me; even at night my heart instructs me."
My devotion today is on accountability. I shared about how accountability (advice and counsel) from others has helped me tackle tough issues in my life. But I didn't share about how receiving counsel from God also helps me when I am struggling with issues.
I love this particular psalm, because it talks about how God often uses the time we should be sleeping to walk us through issues. In the dark quiet we can rehash conversations, examine relationships, and pray fervently, with-- hopefully-- no interruptions.
My Bible note says, "Sleepless nights provide opportunities for instruction (facing hard facts)." The next time you struggle with a sleepless night, try thanking God for the counsel He is trying to give you. Listen instead of lament about lost sleep. Say what Samuel said, "Speak Lord, for your servant is listening." (I Samuel 3:10) We all say we'd have a better walk with God if only we had more calm and more quiet. What better time to talk to Him than in the middle of the night when we have exactly that?
Accountability from other people is wonderful. But direct counsel from the One who made the universe is irreplaceable!
Psalm 73:23-24a, "Yet I am always with you; you hold me by my right hand. You guide me with your counsel."