Proverbs 31:19

Proverbs 31:19

AMP: She lays her hands to the spindle and her hands hold the distaff.

CEV: She spins her own cloth.

MSG: She’s skilled in the crafts of home and hearth, diligent in homemaking.

This verse is referring to doing some very tedious, mundane work.  I doubt that it was a job which one would consider enjoyable.  I would liken it to chopping vegetables or cutting the fat off of several different packages of meat before freezing it for later use.  Another thing I find very tedious is hemming garments.  Almost every shirt for my daughter requires cutting off several inches of the sleeves, then re-hemming them.  It’s never an enjoyable task, and becomes very tedious after only a couple of shirts, BUT when I get them all done, I can see that my work is valuable.  I can finally see the end result – a daughter who is dressed nicely, in clothes that fit her well.

We are all called to do the tedious, mundane work. We all do things which nobody notices.  We all clean the house, only to find that a very short time later, it needs to be done again.  Even so, this woman gives a clear picture that we are to be diligent in the area of ‘homemaking,’ even if no one but Jesus takes notice of our labors.

© 2004, Stacy R. Miller

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