Late to bed and early to rise probably isn’t God’s plan for you

Being exhausted seems to come with today’s culture. Most urban areas live a fast-paced sleepless existence. We thrive on power naps, energy drinks, and weekends. But is this really God’s plan for us?

If we think about the garden of eden, we can judge that God’s first people were pretty relaxed. Even afterwards, they were most likely farmers and therefore had a very relaxing day. It seems that we have brought this fast paced society upon ourselves. Is there anyone in the Bible who would relate to us?

The closest I could find was in Psalms 127:2. This verse says, "It is vain for you to rise up early, to sit up late, to eat the bread of sorrows: for so he giveth his beloved sleep." I’m sure you might be thinking, "well, that’s it. We can all sleep in from now on." Well, not exactly. This verse has a very specific application. It has to do with the "bread of sorrows" that is mentioned.

‘Sorrows’ there doesn’t necessarily mean sadness. The word here means pain and toilsome labor. It has the idea that a person is physically bringing themselves pain. In some instances, the word was used to describe a woman giving birth. This labor is pretty intense.

What God is essentially saying is that you don’t have to wear yourself out. It is not His will for you to burn out while trying to feed your family, or simply trying to serve Him. As the verse says, "He giveth his beloved sleep." God wants you to have a life that is not full of stress. He wants you to have rest.

If you are wearing yourself out, you may be serving in a way God does not want you to serve. God may have other avenues for you to use to serve Him. Perhaps you are serving where He wants you, but you need to relax and cast your burdens upon Him. I challenge you, seek the Lord when it comes to your work schedule. Allow Him to direct your paths.

Remember, God gives His beloved sleep.

"The blessing of the LORD, it maketh rich, and he addeth no sorrow with it." – Proverbs 10:22

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