Proverbs 20:13 “Do not love sleep, lest you come to poverty; Open your eyes, and you will be satisfied with bread.”
If you had asked me 8 years ago if I was a Christian, I would have emphatically said yes and meant it with all sincerity. I did believe in God, but I had no idea what it meant to be a follower of Jesus Christ (pssst, I’m still learning). I held my life together and God held the heavens together and our kingdoms co-existed in the same universe with complete autonomy.
Had I read this verse in Proverbs then, I would have understood it to be a simple verse about not being lazy and working hard so you can afford to eat. I did all that, so I was good-check that box. But, you cannot interpret the Bible as a non-believer. It is a book from God, divined by the Holy Spirit and can only be understood by someone who has been saved and is in Christ Jesus. Something happened to me 8 years ago and as cliche’ as it sounds, I can only describe it by saying, “I woke up.” I was asleep and now I’m not. Somehow, I came to the understanding of who God is and that put me firmly in my place within His kingdom as a subject, not as a ruler in my own right.
Romans 13:11-12 And that, knowing the time, that now it is high time to awake out of sleep: for now is our salvation nearer than when we believed. 12 The night is far spent, the day is at hand: let us therefore cast off the works of darkness, and let us put on the armour of light.
Time is indeed growing short and none of us is guaranteed even the next minute of our lives. Friends, it’s time to wake up. It is time to seriously examine ourselves, our relationships with God and our understanding of Him and find out what is the bread that will satisfy us?
It’s not a what, but a WHO…
“But he answered, “It is written, “‘Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that comes from the mouth of God.’”
Jesus said to them, “I am the bread of life; whoever comes to me shall not hunger, and whoever believes in me shall never thirst.
“I am the living bread that came down from heaven. If anyone eats of this bread, he will live forever. And the bread that I will give for the life of the world is my flesh.”
“And he took bread, and when he had given thanks, he broke it and gave it to them, saying, “This is my body, which is given for you. Do this in remembrance of me.”
John 6:58 “This is the bread that came down from heaven, not like the bread the fathers ate and died. Whoever feeds on this bread will live forever.”
Jesus! Jesus is the bread of life and that verse in Proverbs, like every single verse and story in the Bible, points to Jesus. The Old Testament foretells Him, the Gospels proclaim Him and Revelation expects His return. It’s time to get serious and ask if we truly following and pursuing the Jesus of the Bible who was there in the beginning, during the flood and plagues and wars? The Jesus who preached against sin and demanded repentance and total obedience? The Jesus who understood the reality and the seriousness and the price of sin so deeply, that He laid down His own life to give us an escape from suffering the fate for ourselves? The Jesus who said, “If a man love me, he will keep my words.” and “ If any man will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross daily, and follow me.”? Or have we come to prefer some Frankenstein version created to rock us gently in our slumber and whisper words of affirmation in our ears as we drift through life?
James 1:22-24 But be doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving yourselves. For if anyone is a hearer of the word and not a doer, he is like a man observing his natural face in a mirror; for he observes himself, goes away, and immediately forgets what kind of man he was.
Do as the verse says, do not love your sleep- wake up and find the true source of life which is Jesus Christ, the only source of salvation.