I wonder how well David slept the night he defeated Goliath. The Bible doesn't tell us, but I imagine it was incredible.
He worked hard that day and God gave him a great victory. The results? His people were now safe and he started staying in the king's palace.
He must have slept like a rock. That's how I want to sleep every night.
But sometimes as we hit the hay our mind is racing with left-over stress from the day and pre-stress for tomorrow. (Yes, there is such a thing as pre-stress.)
You may find yourself waking up with worry some nights. When this is the case, remember these verses:
Unless the Lord builds the house, those who build it labor in vain. Unless the Lord watches over the city, the watchman stays awake in vain. It is in vain that you rise up early and go late to rest, eating the bread of anxious toil; for he gives to his beloved sleep.
As you meditate on these verses, here is what you'll learn:
1. God's work is what makes our work effective. We are supposed to be hardworking, but we're ultimately bound by the sovereignty of God's work. The good news is that God is better at work than we are. David collected stones and slung one into the air, but God was the one who ultimately directed it towards Goliath’s forehead.
2. It is useless (vain) to try to manipulate the effectiveness of our work by sacrificing the needs of our body - especially our need to sleep. Sleep isn't the enemy of effective work, it's a gracious gift God has given us in the midst of our work. Think about it, he could have designed us to exist without sleep. Instead, he designed us to go down with the sun while he works the third shift for us.
3. It's not only about how hard you work. It's about who you work for. Working for God results in the reward of peaceful sleep. "Your labor is not in vain in the Lord.” David came at Goliath “in the name of the Lord of hosts.” So each morning before you work, commit your day unto the Lord. That way, as you clock out, you can expect God to continue to bless what you've done while you rest.
The best way to treat stress is sleep. The best way to get ready for the tasks of tomorrow is sleep. As you lay down at night, start casting your care on God through prayer. Ask him to “build the house” and “watch the city” trusting that this is indeed what he does for his beloved.
Then, wake up the next morning and slay some more giants.