Psalms 127:2 NASB
“It is vain for you to rise up early, To retire late, To eat the bread of painful labors; For He gives to His beloved even in his sleep.”
Once I start working on something, even if it’s late, I like to finish the task. Part of this is because if I leave the task or project unfinished, I will likely not return to it for a long time!
I am, by nature, a morning person. However, I often find myself staying up late working on something when I know I should just go to bed. As my pastor often reminds us, we sleep because we trust God. Most of the time, the things I stay up late doing do not need to be done that night. But once I get going, I just want to keep going. I completely ignore the fact that God made my body to require rest and continuing on will mean I won’t get enough sleep to function well the next day.
Someone once told me they stayed up “sinfully late.” At the time, I thought, sinfully? How could it be a sin to stay up late? Sure it’s not smart, but sinful? But it is sinful, when we rely on ourselves and our work instead of on God. Getting proper rest is often the most godly (and smart) thing you can do. But it does take discipline. It takes discipline to go to bed when stuff is not finished, and trust that God will help you complete certain tasks after you’ve had your rest.
Do you need more rest? Are you working late hours out of fear? How could you discipline yourself to rest more? More importantly, how can we trust God enough to rest when we need to?