It is vain for you to rise up early, to sit up late, to eat the bread of sorrows: for so he giveth his beloved sleep. (Psa 127:2) It is worthless, fruitless, empty and unsatisfying when one stays up late and gets up early to worry. I never gained a moment’s pleasure or peace from worrying. The Lord emphasizes here how futile it is to worry. In fact, the Lord promises His beloved children rest! He does not promise this wonderful rest to the unsaved. How do I know that? The verse says that His beloved receive sleep. Remember, when we are saved we become the children of God. The Spirit itself beareth witness with our spirit, that we are the children of God: (Rom 8:16) We are His beloved! A search to the word “beloved” in the New Testament will show that they were always referring to the brethren in Christ.

Noah Webster defines the word vain as:

Empty; worthless; having no substance, value or importance.Fruitless; ineffectual. All attempts, all efforts were vain.

Empty; unsatisfying. The pleasures of life are vain.

False; deceitful; not genuine; spurious. James 1.

Since I became a mother, so many Scriptures seem clearer to me. What would I think if my children stayed up nights worrying? I would be devastated first because my child is worrying. But most importantly, I would wonder why my child feels he cannot turn those worries over to his parents. I can just imagine how our Heavenly Father feels when we take upon our own shoulders the cares of this world which have not even happened yet. Our Father in Heaven loves us so much and wants so much to provide for us and comfort us. Why do we insist on taking this worry upon ourselves? I have heard that 85% of what we worry about doesn’t come to past and the other 15% weren’t worth worrying over. The time and effort spent in worrying could easily be spent in the Word and finding comfort there. The Lord has so many golden nuggets to calm our spirit with. We just have to search them out.

For example, Matt. 11:28-30, “Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. (28 ) Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls. (29) For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light. (30) Good night, are there better verses? After reading these verses, I decided to do a phrase search for “give rest” – here are the results. I need not say anything more 🙂 Enjoy!

And he said, My presence shall go with thee, and I will give thee rest. (Exo 33:14) God’s presence goes with us (His Holy Spirit) and provides rest.

Behold, a son shall be born to thee, who shall be a man of rest; and I will give him rest from all his enemies round about: for his name shall be Solomon, and I will give peace and quietness unto Israel in his days. (1 Chr 22:9) We find much rest from the book of Proverbs if we heed its warnings.

That thou mayest give him rest from the days of adversity, until the pit be digged for the wicked. (Psa 94:13) The chastened man receives rest from the days of affliction.

Correct thy son, and he shall give thee rest; yea, he shall give delight unto thy soul. (Pro 29:17) We receive rest when we have corrected our children – they will delight us.

And it shall come to pass in the day that the LORD shall give thee rest from thy sorrow, and from thy fear, and from the hard bondage wherein thou wast made to serve,(Isa 14:3) Again, the Lord provides more rest from sorrow and fear.

Their Redeemer is strong; the LORD of hosts is his name: he shall throughly plead their cause, that he may give rest to the land, and disquiet the inhabitants of Babylon. (Jer 50:34) Our Redeemer provides rest.

Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. (Mat 11:28 ) Jesus, our Redeemer, provides the rest we need.

Dear God…
May I always be looking to You
Until I find comfort in Your care
And rest from my burdens of worry
At Your feet will I lay them there

Mark 12:29-34 And Jesus answered him, The first of all the commandments [is], Hear, O Israel; The Lord our God is one Lord: And thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind, and with all thy strength: this [is] the first commandment. And the second [is] like, [namely] this, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself. There is none other commandment greater than these. And the scribe said unto him, Well, Master, thou hast said the truth: for there is one God; and there is none other but he: And to love him with all the heart, and with all the understanding, and with all the soul, and with all the strength, and to love [his] neighbour as himself, is more than all whole burnt offerings and sacrifices. And when Jesus saw that he answered discreetly, he said unto him, Thou art not far from the kingdom of God. And no man after that durst ask him [any question].

My heart is so burdened for the course the church has taken today. If you’re a Christian who loves to read and study God’s Word, you can see the difference between the spiritual condition of the church 20 years ago and today. :'( We are truly living in the Laodicean church age.

What can we do as individuals? Change begins with me … with you! What keeps you from God’s Word? What distractions do you have in your life, Christian or worldly, which keep you from meaningful time reading and studying? Just because you go soul winning doesn’t mean you are balanced. It is the Scriptures that will change your life. Doing good things for the Lord is wonderful, don’t get me wrong. But if you do those things at the expense of reading and studying God’s Word, then you are opening the door for the devil to deceive you. You will not be able to spot heresy and you will accept foolish and wrong doctrine.

Look at how many Independent Baptist Christians there are who love worldly “Christian” music? Look at how many go to R-rated movies? Do you honestly believe that if they took today’s text seriously, they would be inclined to continue? Having God at the center of our lives is what today’s text is all about. He should be sitting on the throne of our hearts and our minds and our thoughts should be focused on Him. If we do this, we would not be so quick to seek anything outside God’s Word. All those things are distractions – they are all vanity! Noah Webster’s 1828 Dictionary defines vanity as:

Emptiness; want of substance to satisfy desire; uncertainty; inanity.

Seeking worldly music, movies, books, friends, etc. is a “want of substance to satisfy desire”! Desire is a scary thing in a Christian’s life! The devil will use anything to distract the Christian. He will use what appears to be Christian to keep you from getting into your Bible. Your Bible’s central theme is salvation through Jesus Christ. He does not want you leading others to Him. But how can you lead a soul to Christ if you are worldly? You’re nothing more than a hypocrite in this case.

Before continuing on with your life in this Laodicean age, take a look inward. Are you lukewarm today? Confess and repent, Christian. Revival begins first in our hearts. Return to your first love, the Lord Jesus Christ. Study and read His Word with passion. It is the Word of God that changes lives and cleanses us from unrighteousness. He will ignite your spark and will give you that passion to serve Him. You don’t want to be ashamed when you stand before Him but rather be happy that you can hear the words “Well done, thou good and faithful servant!”