Things can sometimes seem pretty bleak last thing at night, right??
You've been ok all day, 'demolishing arguments and every pretension that sets itself up against the knowledge of God, and taking captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ' (2 Corinthians 10:5)
But at the end of the day you've lost plot, you've lost the energy and the will to fight. Those thoughts you've been 'taking captive' all day start to get you down because you're all out of strength trying to catch each and every one of them and tell it to submit to Christ.
With all the will in the world, we all still get tired!! 'Even youths grow tired and weary, and young men stumble and fall...' (Isaiah 40: 30)
Well this leaves the door open for waves of negative feelings and emotions to sweep over you and engulf you. You get sucked down into a whirlpool of despair, just like dirty bath water gets sucked down the plug hole once the plug has been pulled out.
So what is the answer, or at least what is one first, little (well - BIG, in my case!) practical thing you, I, can do....??
GO TO BED!!!!
If you know you tend to get down late at night, GO TO BED EARLY :)
'Simples!' (Aleksandr, of comparethemeerkat.com fame)
And actually, heres the next epiphany, right here; you can apply this to any time of day or night.
What do you do when you go to bed??
You 'do' NOTHING!!
You REST. You sleep.
And you allow your body, your mind and your soul to go on hiatus :)
The next part of that little well-known passage of Isaiah goes like this:
"but those who hope in (...and WAIT on) the LORD
will renew their strength.
They will soar on wings like eagles;
they will run and not grow weary,
they will walk and not be faint."
"Do you not know?
Have you not heard?
The LORD is the everlasting God,
the Creator of the ends of the earth.
He will not grow tired or weary,
and his understanding no one can fathom.
He gives strength to the weary
and increases the power of the weak."
So, when you're tired and weary, sick of fighting, just "go to bed" - and let God rest you. Surrender to Him, to his strength. He is Mighty to Save and NEVER SLEEPS!!
He watches over you while you rest, and He fights for you.
Aaaaaaaah - that's better!