Burning Bridges on Sleepless Nights

“Don’t burn your bridges,” is a very common saying in my country. It is usually advice given by an older adult to a younger adult, or a person farther along in a journey, maybe in work or the like, to a more green person in said field. “Don’t burn your bridges,” can be interpreted as, “Be careful who you cut off because you never know if you will need them later.” On the surface and in that context, that is pretty sound advice. But on a sleepless and lonely night, it couldn’t be more horrible.

A respected pastor I listen to, Charles F. Stanley, once said, “Be careful what you do when you’re hungry, angry, lonely, or tired. It’s usually an invitation to HALT and seek God.” I don’t know about you, but when I am hungry on a sleepless night, I’d do almost anything to fill my hunger. Hunger can be for food, causing you to drive across town to hit up a late night burger joint. Hunger can be for attention, leading you to post a senseless selfie on social media and spend hours scrolling through other people’s senseless selfie posts. You would cross any bridge to fill your hunger. Anger is not far from hunger. When you’re angry, your heart can deceive you, you open yourself to be opened up to lies about God, yourself, and others, and let’s keep it real, you are more likely to say or do something that will sin against God and hurt yourself or others. You would cross any bridge to avenge your anger. Loneliness, like its cousins hunger and anger will have you all out of sorts if not hoisted into the hands of God. Loneliness will invite you down memory lane and pitch a tent for you there. Your mind will be in left field, gutters, bad places, and looking to see whose number you still have in your phone or worse websites and activities that are NOT God honoring. You will cross just about any bridge to avoid being alone. Fannie Lou Hamer coined the phrase, “I’m sick and tired of being sick and tired.” Tiredness just causes you to give up. You give up on life, hope, and expectation that anything good will come from your faithfulness. You get tired of trying and doing until you just don’t anymore. You would cross any bridge to avoid tiredness, even if it is a bridge back into your past where you were fake accepted by fake friends and fake relationships.

Tonight, I am encouraging you as I am encouraging myself to burn the bridges and get some sleep. Burn every bridge that would lead you back to life before Christ. Burn the bridges that lead back to your vices. Jesus Christ died so that you and I could be free. Then upon accepting Him, He gifts us with Holy Spirit to help us STAY free until He returns for us. Y’all, I have had my fair share of sleepless nights and treks down bridges that should have been burnt when I cross from darkness into Christ’s marvelous light. Thank God for Holy Spirit’s conviction that drove me to repentance. Thank God for the blood of Jesus that washes me clean. Thank God for Holy Spirit who highlights Truth in scripture to give me direction back into the heart of God (even if I go crying, kicking, and crawling).

Freedom is available to you on this sleepless night. Take the book of matches (God’s holy Word) and set aflame the lies of Satan with the truth of God that:

  • You are not alone “ Keep your life free from love of money, and be content with what you have, for he has said, “I will never leave you nor forsake you.”” -Hebrews 13:5 (ESV)
  • You are not forgotten “Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil, for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me.” – Psalm 23:4 (ESV)
  • God is fighting for you “Since you are precious and honored in my sight, and because I love you, I will give people in exchange for you, nations in exchange for your life.” – Isaiah 43:4 (NIV)
  • Your portion is good (and in Christ it only gets better) “Lord, you alone are my portion and my cup; you make my lot secure. The boundary lines have fallen for me in pleasant places; surely I have a delightful inheritance.” -Psalm 16:5-6 (NIV)
  • There is always a way of escape “No temptation has overtaken you that is not common to man. God is faithful, and he will not let you be tempted beyond your ability, but with the temptation he will also provide the way of escape, that you may be able to endure it.” -1 Corinthians 10:13 (ESV)

You and I must set aflame that lies that we believed. We must, “HALT,” as Pastor Charles F. Stanley encourages us. Moreover, we MUST burn to the ground EVERY bridge that would lead us to a life of sin and shame. Whom the Son sets free is free indeed (John 8:36). The truth will MAKE you free (John 8:32). Repent, burn the bridges leading you back to the life Christ rescued you from on this sleepless night, then get some rest… forgiven.

– Jerrica Janell

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Hi there! I am am a woman passionate about Jesus Christ! I like to encourage people everywhere I go and I am finally exploring my identity as a writer! I like to grab my favorite warm beverage, head to a quite space and recharge with God. Join me!

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