(Proverbs 20:13 KJV) Love not sleep, lest thou come to poverty; open thine eyes, and thou shalt be satisfied with bread.
This verse speaks to me. My favorite day is Saturday because I don’t set an alarm. I may still get up much earlier than I did as a teen, after all I am getting older, but I get up because I am awake and want to, not because an alarm has gone off and it calling me to work. I am in constant danger of turning off the alarm, deciding to lay there for “just a moment,” and waking up much later.
How does this cause us to “come to poverty” (become poor NASB) (3423)? There are many avenues of poverty that are followed by sloth but that is not what hits me today. Today I am thinking about how I have at times used sleep as a way of avoiding things. If I am in bed, I don’t need to deal with it. If my eyes are closed, maybe they will leave me alone. If I am snoring, maybe they will go away.
The only problem is it doesn’t work. Too often when I wake up the problem is still there.
So? I need to not hide behind my pillow or my Lazy Boy chair. Not only will it lead to financial problems but personal problems and poverty. Join me in calling on God to help us face the difficult people and situations of the day.