Proverbs in 365 Devotions

March 28

Proverbs 6:10 A little sleep, a little slumber, a little folding of the hands to rest, 11 and poverty will come upon you like a robber, and want like an armed man.

No Vacations

Yet Sweet Rest!

R Aylor

I don’t know about you but for me it’s usually when I'm lying in bed and should rise, shine and rejoice in the day the Lord has made that this scripture comes to my mind.

However its truth about slumbering and resting is clearly applicable at other times and in other areas of life as well.

You see, my idea of rest, relaxation and even vacation need a correct Christian world view understanding.

Of course regular sleeping is good… it is a gift from God… it is letting your body take a vacation from its work… it gets rejuvenated so it can do everything better including work. However sleep turns bad when I sleep the day away so much that I become depressed and nothing gets accomplished so my day can become a fail big fail. And the sad thing is that I can get used to it… and it becomes my routine…

Solomon tells his son that poverty sneaks up on us like a robber and all our self centered lazy desires for our “me” time surround us like an armed man. They steal our joy and zest for living a life of purpose… They encircle us and our sins of laziness take our life hostage.

Along the same lines we should never let our guard down against satan and become spiritually lazy… We may need a vacation from work but never a vacation from Jesus or Gods word. That’s when the thieves of spiritual laziness break in. Rather Jesus is the one to go to for true rest. He said beginning in:

Matthew 11:28 Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. 29 Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. 30 For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.”