What Keeps an Apostle Up at Night? by Ernie Hood

Have you ever wrestled with the elusive embrace of sleep, only to be thwarted by pain, rendering every position uncomfortable? Or perhaps, you’ve been ensnared in the labyrinth of stress, unable to silence the relentless chatter within your mind. The struggle to find rest is a familiar tale, and it’s not a solitary one. Sleep disorders are a prevalent challenge in the United States, with the National Sleep Foundation reporting that over 50 million Americans grapple with various sleep-related issues, including insomnia, sleep apnea, or restless legs syndrome.

When we envision biblical giants like the apostle Paul, it’s easy to place them on a pedestal, depicting them as unshakable paragons of faith, resolute in their divine mission. However, a closer examination of Scripture reveals that they, too, bore the weight of their humanity, complete with worries, anxieties, and burdens. This upcoming Sunday, we continue our journey into the Book of Colossians, peering into the restless thoughts that occupied the mind of an apostle like Paul.

In the verses of Colossians 2:1-5, we unearth a surprising revelation: Paul’s sleepless nights weren’t marred by personal concerns or aspirations, but rather fueled by a profound, heartfelt worry for the welfare of the church. His yearning for their encouragement, unity, wisdom, and unwavering faith serves as a compelling challenge for each of us, urging us to scrutinize our own priorities as integral members of the body of Christ.

So, the next time you find yourself wide-eyed in the quiet hours of the night, grappling with life’s enigmas, remember that even the apostles knew the torment of restless nights. As we reflect on Paul’s unwavering commitment to the Colossians, let his passion ignite the embers of inspiration on our own journey of faith!


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