Proverbs 6:9-11 Dissected & Defined
How long wilt thou sleep, O sluggard (habitually lazy)? when wilt thou arise out of thy sleep? Yet a little sleep, a little slumber (nap), a little folding of the hands to sleep: So shall thy poverty come as one that travelleth, and thy want (need) as an armed man.
This verse provides no real conviction to many. Though some people may be habitually lazy, this verse appears to discuss lazy people who sleep instead of making a living.
However, that is an evident meaning. The word proverb means “underlying meaning.” That means that most verses will have an evident meaning, but all of them will have a meaning that must be searched out. It is a dark saying and needs illumination.
The truth of this verse is not the allegations found in the verse’s beginning. Rather, they are found in the lack of rewards at the end.
Sleep Through Work
God promises poverty to those who sleep through that which would provide wealth. Well, let me ask you a question. How many people do you know that actually “sleep through work?” I know people who are late because they oversleep, some habitually. But, they don’t sleep through work. No one even knows when this person will wake up!
Does this refer to the wealth of money and the poverty of being financially barren? No, wealth means “strength” and poor means “weak.” He is teaching that when we choose sleep over opportunities that are intended to make us strong, we will remain weak.
So, what could we be habitually sleeping through? What is it that we skip for a little more sleep? Why does He not know what time we plan to awaken?
My friend, he is referring to the wonderful wealth of your walk with God. God shows up for His walk daily, even when you are in sin (remember Adam). But, does He find you with no plan to awaken for your walk?