Sweet Sleep

The sleep of a labouring man is sweet, whether he eat little or much: but the abundance of the rich will not suffer him to sleep.

Ecclesiastes 5:12

The Bible is obviously full of deep spiritual truth.  It is full of earth shattering, life altering truth.  It is full of all kinds of truth.  But sometimes overlooked is the simple, practical truth that the Bible is also full of.  This verse contains one of those truths.

“The sleep of a labouring man is sweet.”  Yes it is.  I’ve read several articles over the last few years on sleep and getting a good night’s sleep.  One of the things that is recommended for getting to sleep is being active during the day.  Some people work hard; some people exercise.  But when you work hard, it feels good when your head hits the pillow.  When you “labour” during the day, your sleep is always sweeter.  By contrast, when I sleep in and laze around all day, I find that I have a harder time getting to sleep at night.  The sleep of  a labouring man IS sweet.

The second half of the verse tells us that “the abundance of the rich will not suffer him to sleep.”  When you are rich, you are going to spend more time worrying about your riches.  Your possessions begin to own you instead of the other way around.

The Bible is true in everything about which it speaks.  The deep doctrines are true.  But when the Bible speaks of seemingly menial, everyday things like sleeping, it is also true.  The labouring man’s sleep is sweet, while the rich man’s sleep is often restless.  The Bible does tell us that “whatever thy hand findeth to do, do it with thy might.”  Whatever your “labour” is, do with all your might and enjoy the sweet sleep of the labouring man (or woman).

2 responses to this post.

  1. I love the simple truths so much. It is often these I need, living a simple life, to keep me anchored. Thank you been for our sleeping tips for tonight! God bless you!


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