While listening to the Christmas carol “Silent Night” this morning the phrase, “Sleep in heavenly peace” stuck in my mind and I have had that as an earworm since. So I decided to think about what that meant.
If you compare someone sleeping to, “sleeping like a baby”, then you are saying they had a very restless night, they wet their diaper and soaked their jammies, they got hungry around 3 am and had to have a refresher bottle and then they wanted someone to pick them up and hold them while they went back to… sleeping like a baby.
So that’s not it.
Luke 22:45 we find that the disciples were asleep in the Garden while Jesus was praying so desperately that blood came through his pores with sweat, why were they asleep? Here is the verse: When He rose up from prayer, and had come to His disciples, He found them sleeping from sorrow.
I looked at that verse in 50 (yes I counted them) translations and they all agreed with the NKJ translation of grief, sorrow or sadness. So perhaps you are grieving and sleep to escape those bad, sad, depressing feelings. You wake with a headache and swollen eyes, were you crying in your sleep?
What is my point?
When I lay my head on my pillow at night it is after I have committed (rolled over, acquiesced, handed to and forgot about) all the problems of the day. I am almost always instantly asleep. When I am listening out for the babies I sleep light but I sleep.
How can I do that?
Isaiah 26:3 (the Passion Translation) You will keep him in perfect peace, Whose mind is stayed on You, Because he trusts in You.
Conclusion: The way to sleep in heavenly peace is to put your trust in God completely knowing that He watches over you, awake or asleep.