Occasionally in this comic strip there is a view into what life is like for Laser Eyes Jesus after most of the children go home. That has made me wonder about a Bible verse that I remembered about “sleep,” especially since there’s this thing called “insomnia” which you may have experienced. (By the way, you’ll notice that Laser Eyes Jesus doesn’t really answer the question “What do you do when we’re not here?”)
The last thing I want to do is stir up the “KJV Only” controversy here! I enjoy the King James Version. When a Bible verse or phrase comes to my mind, it’s almost always in that version, and I like that because it’s easier to find in a concordance or online search that way.
But this is one of those verses that maybe, just possibly where…well, I’ll let you decide for yourself. So what do you think?
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. Psalm 127:2 (KJV)
I’ve always focused on the last part as meaning “If God loves you, then he will give you a good night’s sleep.” But if you have insomnia, that verse can sort of cause you some spiritual doubting, right? (If you can’t get to sleep, does that mean you aren’t one of God’s beloved?)
Recently I’ve started comparing verses in the Complete Jewish Bible (CJB) when I feel like there may be something more. (Thanks, Don and My Heart Is For Israel!)
In vain do you get up early and put off going to bed, working hard to earn a living; for he provides for his beloved, even when they sleep. Psalm 127:2 (CJB)
So what do you think? Does that make a difference? To me, it does. I no longer need to worry that a sleepless night is maybe because God is withholding sleep from me. Instead I can rest soundly while knowing God is providing for me even when I’m sleeping.
“He provides for his beloved, even when they sleep” sounds so very compatible and so very comforting, I believe, with the word of Real Life Jesus concerning the lilies of the field (or “the fields of wild irises” in the CJB).
When I doubt between text versions, I do tend to choose the words that magnify God and make Him bigger in my heart and emphasize His lovingkindness and grace.