Do not love sleep or you will grow poor;
stay awake and you will have food to spare.
Don’t suffer sleep deprivation, that is, the sleep that deprives you of being industrious. It is healthy to get a “good night’s” sleep, but it is hurtful to linger in bed and block the sun out of your eyes. However comfortable you may feel for the moment, you are robbing yourself.
How so? For one thing, you are robbing yourself of hours of work – work that will produce food or money for food. You cannot earn your pay while sleeping in bed. Another thing is that you are robbing yourself of energy to work. Sleep is necessary to restore a body’s energy, but too much sleep tires the body; it tires the mind as well. Activity is necessary to generate energy for body and mind.
And then, too much sleep increases the likelihood that you will miss opportunities that come your way for success. As another proverb outside the Bible says, “The early bird catches the worm.” How many opportunities have you missed because sleep kept your eyes closed?
Finally, understand that “sleep” represents more than closed eyes. It is closing the eyes of your mind and of your heart. You can walk around with your physical eyes wide open, and still sleep through the opportunities God has provided for you to see him and to see his work. Indeed, your prayer in the morning should be “Lord, open my eyes to all the opportunities you will give me to glorify you this day.” The Lord has much bread to give you today if you will but open your eyes and be active serving and enjoying him today.
Listen to my words, Lord,
consider my lament.
2 Hear my cry for help,
my King and my God,
for to you I pray.
3 In the morning, Lord, you hear my voice;
in the morning I lay my requests before you
and wait expectantly.
4 For you are not a God who is pleased with wickedness;
with you, evil people are not welcome.
5 The arrogant cannot stand
in your presence.
You hate all who do wrong;
6 you destroy those who tell lies.
The bloodthirsty and deceitful
you, Lord, detest.
7 But I, by your great love,
can come into your house;
in reverence I bow down
toward your holy temple.
8 Lead me, Lord, in your righteousness
because of my enemies—
make your way straight before me.
9 Not a word from their mouth can be trusted;
their heart is filled with malice.
Their throat is an open grave;
with their tongues they tell lies.
10 Declare them guilty, O God!
Let their intrigues be their downfall.
Banish them for their many sins,
for they have rebelled against you.
11 But let all who take refuge in you be glad;
let them ever sing for joy.
Spread your protection over them,
that those who love your name may rejoice in you.
12 Surely, Lord, you bless the righteous;
you surround them with your favor as with a shield.