Proverbs in 365 Devotions
Proverbs 20:13 Love not sleep, lest you come to poverty; open your eyes, and you will have plenty of bread.
Love Not, Love What?
I think the first word in this proverb is the key to the root of its meaning. In fact, it’s a key to the outcome of many things including life itself.
What we love sets the track for our day every day… It helps us put in order our to do lists for a particular day or the plans we make for our week. If we ponder what we love… For example: I like metal detecting, playing guitar, visiting with friends, studying Gods word, eating… which I need for health and energy to do the rest, I like money a lot… It even helps support my metal detecting, purchasing guitars… and of course you need money to eat… I like going to church and fellowshipping with believers and hearing Gods word. So then, how would I order my to do list? If my priorities were in line with God it might go something like this:
1 - Study Gods word every morning
2 - Play guitar every morning
3 - Go to work to make money to support what I love
4 - Eat 2-3 times a day
5 - Fellowship with family and friends daily
6 - Go metal detecting on Saturdays
7 - Go to church to community worship every Sunday and Small groups Sunday evenings.
Of course that's a very small chunk out of our life. We must prioritize a whole lot more that affects many more people than our own self.
Of all the things we pursue in life, Solomon says sleep is not something we should love. Of course when you’re extra tired… there is a context for loving sleep I think… I don’t believe that's what Solomon is saying. Don't chase after the kind of sleep that is kin to laziness. Don't desire to sleep your life away as a way to hide from the trials of the world. Don't write it as a goal in your high school year book.
Solomon says open your eyes, and you will have plenty of bread. In the previous verse we read how God has made the seeing eye and hearing ear… We don't utilize either of these things when we sleep. God did not create us to have a passion for sleeping. Its a gift from God and its necessary for our bodies and it shows us our need to depend on God because of our frailty but our mission in life is not to sleep.
There is a saying that “A ship is not meant for the harbor, but for the wide open sea.”
Ships were meant to carry people and merchandise through storms and wind and turbulent and tumultuous waves across vast oceans… That has always been their mission. They were not created to sit at dock… I think most things age and decay more quickly when they just sit idle not doing what they were made for and that includes human beings.
Before we come to Christ we are sleeping spiritually. Like today's text says: “open your eyes, and you will have plenty of bread”.
So our first mission is to wake up to the truth of why Jesus is awesome… why he is the greatest treasure there is… why he is a reason to have great joy… and follow after Him. Thats mission uno… number one. Like Jesus said to Peter and Andrew in Matthew 4:19 …“Follow me, and I will make you fishers of men.” 20 Immediately they left their nets and followed him.
I think it was right here that their eyes were open to see Jesus as the one worth dropping everything for and following after. Did you notice Jesus told them their instant real time mission and their future mission in one sentence? First “follow me” and then "I will make you fishers of men”.
It’s the same for us, first we see the Glory of God in Jesus… or why he is good news for us… and we delight in him… our eyes are open to this…
Then we share his glory with others….
And though our second mission begins… our first mission of seeing and following still continues... in that we keep seeing more and more of the glory of God in Jesus and we keep sharing more and more of what we have seen and delighted in.
Lord help us not to love and pursue sleep and idleness and isolation… even in a world of social distancing help us to be people who do what we were created to do… to open our eyes and move and accomplish and do good. And even more so to not be people who are spiritually asleep. Please awaken people across the globe to see your glory in Jesus and may we not dose off but stay on mission to share your awesomeness with them.