First World Problems

“I lay down and slept. I woke up in safety, for the Lord was watching over me. I am not afraid of ten thousand enemies who surround me on every side.” Psalm 3: 5,6

First World Problems:

  • Bad wifi at the coffee shop; How will I catch up on “Dancing with the Stars?”
  • DVR only records two shows at a time; What do I do when I need to record three?
  • No creamer for my coffee; How will I get my morning fix?
  • After a long day at work, now I have to wait in line for groceries; When will I find time to sit on the couch tonight?

Our days can be filled with these small grievances which seem so important at the time. We are spoiled with a life of convenience and comfort. Yet, there are
real challenges and struggles that threaten our sleep:

  • illness
  • broken relationships
  • bills and debt
  • unemployment
  • Anxiety and depression

The Psalmist faced the threat of real enemies seeking to hurt him. He was only exaggerating a little when he said that there were “ten thousand enemies surrounding him on every side.” He was facing far more than our “first world problems.” Yet, he can state unequivocally that he is not afraid because the Lord was watching over him.

How amazing that I can also trust in the Lord who kept David safe from thousands of enemies! I can lie down at night and trust that the Lord is bigger than the “enemies that threaten me on every side.”  And I can wake up in safety and give thanks for the Lord who never left my side.

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Lord, thank you for protecting me on all sides while I sleep. I wake up refreshed because you have kept me safe. I don’t have to worry or fear because you are always near.  Amen


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