“There… stood the LORD, and he said: ‘I am the LORD, the God of your father Abraham and the God of Isaac. I will give you the land on which you are lying.’” Genesis 28:13Genesis 28:10-22
Think back to the story of Jacob in the Bible. I never could quite understand why God should have treated that son of Isaac so well! He deceived his father, cheated his brother, and fled to a foreign country to escape the wrath of the older Esau. Family trouble plagued him all his life. Even in later years there was corroding jealousy amongst his sons brought on by his favoritism of one son.
It was a long journey to Uncle Laban’s house where Jacob would seek refuge. As the colors faded in the sky one evening, he found a stone to rest his head on and lay down for the night. When he was completely quieted, God spoke to him. His troubles gave way to dreams and heavenly hosts who descended to that desert place.
Know that when you are on the run from the troubles that trail you, the Lord may be quieting you, causing you to lie down, so that you can listen to Him. Don’t fight Him. Don’t resist Him or try to wrestle Him away. “I will lie down and sleep in peace, for you alone, O LORD, make me dwell in safety” (Psalm 4:8).
Like a shepherd with his sheep, the Good Shepherd quiets you not only so you can rest, but so that you might be humbled before Him.