A little sleep, a little slumber,
a little folding of the hands to rest—
34 and poverty will come on you like a thief
and scarcity like an armed man.” Proverbs 24:33-34 NIV
Growing up my parents did a pretty good job with this scripture to scare me and to get me to stay up late to study because they said based on this scripture if I slept too much I was guaranteed to be poor. I am from Nigeria and I’ve seen what poverty looks like and trust me, poverty is not something I want. The problem I have now is not necessarily sleeping too much, but actually sleeping too little because I would stay up late and still wake up early to be at work on time. I stay up late most times because of fruitless time spent on non essentials of life like social media, channel surfing, internet surfing, checking email over and over again. The issue here is that I am not spending quality time on these wonderful tools to develop my spirit and my mental faculty. I’m sure a lot of people can identify with what I am talking about here. Perhaps you spend too much time on social media and it simply makes it impossible for you to get to work early or you get to work and you are extremely tired to give your very best.
This scripture is a warning for us to make sure that we spend quality time on what is necessary. Whatever area of our life that’s experiencing poverty is calling for quality time. It could be relationships with your spouse, children, academics, or occupation; give it the right amount of quality attention and you will see a major change. Let’s cut down on fruitless, time consuming items and increase time on things that enhance our Spirit and Mental faculty so we can experience God’s blessings and abundance in those areas.
“You prepare a table before me
in the presence of my enemies.
You anoint my head with oil;
my cup overflows.
Psalm 23:5 NIV
Father, I thank you that poverty is vanquished in my life. I manage my time appropriately today. I am disciplined and focused to invest my time in what is essential. In the midst of my enemies (the distractions of life) I flourish because the anointing on my life causes me to triumph in Jesus name.