Proverbs 31:15-18 She riseth also while it is yet night, and giveth meat to her household, and a portion to her maidens. She considereth a field, and buyeth it: with the fruit of her hands she planteth a vineyard. She girdeth her loins with strength, and strengtheneth her arms. She perceiveth that her merchandise is good: her candle goeth not out by night.
Idleness causes all kinds of problems. Actually, it is not that we have nothing to do, we often just do not know what to do. We have let others dictate our lives so much, we cannot think for ourselves anymore. How unimaginative we have become.
For an example, let me tell you of some people who were exchanging gifts. They all agreed the gifts should cost nothing. One of the presenters decided to share about the extreme value of the free gift he had chosen. He said, “this gift is something that will let your imagination work to its fullest. This item can be used to start a fire to keep you warm, or you can place food on the end of it to be cooked over a fire. It can scratch those hard to reach places when you are alone, or you can mark equal lines on it and use it to measure things. It is a great companion when going for a hike. You can use it to lean on, defend yourself, and write on the ground so you know where you have been or to prop up materials to make shelter if needed. Modified versions of this gift have been used to conduct great orchestras and drummers use them to make music in those orchestras. To you it might only be a stick, but with just a little imagination it can be so much more.”
The woman in our verses today saw she had a role to play in this world. Many women today are told the role of mother or wife is less than glamorous, or even demeaning. They are told they can be so much more. However, just as people overlooked all a stick could be, they too overlook all that a mother and wife really are. Why should a person try to be more than great at the most awesome task given to anyone in the entire world?
THE WORD WALKING IN ME:
Having the value of life prioritized, as only our creator God can outline for both men and women, is so rewarding. Placing God first, family second, next are others, and finally self. We see those priorities in the woman in today’s verses. To those around her she may have been a simple homemaker, ordinary as a stick. To God she was virtuous, and valuable. Who is it that we should we try to please anyway, God or man?
THROUGH THE BIBLE WITH DAILY PROVERBS
Revelation 1 – 8 / Proverbs 31:15-18
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Zechariah 4-6 / Revelation 19
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