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.
It’s not uncommon for students to stay up past midnight during the final weeks of their semester, only to find themselves waking up again before the sun has risen. Unfortunately, a busy schedule isn’t always the greatest sign of maturity… add to that the “self-made millionaire” mentality of our culture and life can get away from you before you know it.
While countless mothers would be proud of the “unsupervised motivation” they’ve developed in our study habits, verses like Psalm 127:2 help to balance the glorification of diligence with the reality of total depravity. “The bread of painful labors” may come with much satisfaction and glory, but the Lord “gives to His beloved even in his sleep!”
This verse reminds us that, to be a successful student, we must place more priority on becoming “the beloved of the Lord” than on becoming one who painfully labors over foreign languages, world history, and killer mathmatics. Let me encourage you to get some sleep this week and to spend time with the Lord. You may just find that He will bless your desire for Him more than your desire for a good grade.