It’s amazing to me how easily my husband can fall asleep. What a blessing that he can lay back in his chair for a ten minute nap and be asleep in 30 seconds. He gets the benefit of the whole ten minutes! When I try to take a nap, it takes me nine minutes to fall asleep and leaves me with one minute to rest!
However, falling asleep quickly at the wrong time or at the wrong place can be disastrous! If a person falls asleep at the wheel, the consequences could be deadly. If one were to fall asleep when seated in the choir, humiliation is sure to follow!
But let’s consider some other times that disaster strikes when sleep comes. There are the areas of personal discipline, prayer, or our marriage that require us to be wide awake at all times. It’s when we nod off, that trouble comes. Proverbs 24:30-34 puts it this way:
I went by the field of the slothful, and by the vineyard of the man void of understanding; And, lo, it was all grown over with thorns, and nettles had covered the face thereof, and the stone wall thereof was broken down. Then I saw, and considered it well: I looked upon it, and received instruction. Yet a little sleep, a little slumber, a little folding of the hands to sleep: So shall thy poverty come as one that travelleth; and thy want as an armed man.
In this passage, one falls asleep, they awaken and consider, then they receive instruction. But now the work is much harder – thorns and nettles (a stinging weed) have covered the vineyard. The sleepiness depicted here is describing laziness. Poverty comes as a result. Is the laziness in the area of work? He who doesn’t work won’t eat! II Thessalonians 3:10 Is the laziness in the area of personal discipline such as diet and exercise? You’ll lose your testimony, based on I Corinthians 9:27. Are you neglecting your marriage and letting it drift along? The relationship will be covered over with weeds and a distancing will prevail, rather than a closeness.
Sleep is good when it’s time to sleep, but when it’s time to be awake, let’s be alert and ready to weed the vineyard! Instead of poverty, there will be fruit!
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