" It is vain for you to rise up early, to sit up late, to eat the bread of sorrows: for so he giveth his beloved sleep."
Are you one of those who have trouble sleeping at night? Perhaps just this morning you said, “I was up the whole night—one of my family member was sick,” or “I slept for only three hours—I was awake doing my pending job,” or “I couldn’t sleep at all—I was worried about the bills that are piling up.”
God “gives His beloved sleep.” Now we need to ask this question who are His beloved? This answer will give you so much rest:- You and I! Because we are in Christ, we are His beloved (Ephesians 1:6, 2 Thessalonians 2:13).
God says, “It is vain for you to rise up early, to sit up late, to eat the bread of sorrows.” In other words, it is pointless to worry and lose sleep because the truth is, “Except the Lord build the house, they labour in vain that build it: except the Lord keep the city, the watchman waketh but in vain” (Psalm 127:1).
So let God be the one who builds your career and watches over your financial investments. Let Him be the one who guards your health, marriage and children. Don’t worry and stay up late as if you are the source of the increase, or the one who has the power to make things happen and save the situation. No, God is the one and He says to you, “My beloved child, throw that care to Me and go to sleep.” And while you are sleeping, He is working on your situation. He, who neither slumbers nor sleeps (Psalm 121:3–4), works the night shift for you as you sleep!
But because we are such doers and performers, it is hard for us to let go and let God take over. But when we actually do, casting all our cares, anxieties and worries once and for all into His hands, we will see how He cares for us affectionately and watchfully (1 Peter 5:7). We will see Him taking care of our problems and working things out for good (Romans 8:28).
Trust your Father’s love for you. Cast your cares on Him and have no more sleepless nights!