Sleep is possible
“The night before Herod was to bring him to trial, Peter was sleeping between two soldiers, bound with two chains, and sentries stood guard at the entrance.”
It’s the night before your trial, life is looking gloomy and short, your friend has already been killed, others are being mistreated, your worst day is in front of you. You are bound by two heavy chains, you cannot escape and there is a soldier either side of you. No one is coming in and no one is leaving without the permission of the soldiers at the entrance.
How do you cope in that situation?
Peter was asleep.
How is it possible to sleep in this situation?
An 18th century children’s prayer is worded this way:
‘Now I lay me down to sleep, I pray the Lord my soul to keep.
If I should die before I wake, I pray the Lord my soul to take.’
The Psalmist writes:
“I will lie down and sleep in peace, for you alone, O LORD, make me dwell in safety.” Psalm 4:8
How was Peter able to sleep in such a situation? The same as you are able to. He was at peace in the Lord.
When you know God has you and not the chains that bind you then you can sleep in the arms of your Saviour who has your tomorrow. Peter knew Jesus was not dead but alive and that He was with him in that prison.
The old song says: “Because He lives I can face tomorrow.”