Proverbs 31:27

Proverbs 31:27

AMP: She looks well to how things go in her household, and the bread of idleness (gossip, discontent, and self-pity) she will not eat. 

CEV: She takes good care of her family and is never lazy.

MSG: She keeps an eye on everyone in her household and keeps them all busy and productive.

In looking at Titus 2:5, I see that we are to be self-controlled and pure.  Part of being self-controlled is learning to be busy at home, as opposed to being a busybody.  I don’t know about you, but I have a very hard time being self-controlled in many areas.  What about the call to be pure?  That isn’t possible to achieve without God’s help. Once again, we learn from this lady that it is imperative to spend time with the Lord.

I think many of us could admit to having some difficulty in learning to discern the difference between being idle and relaxing, and the  difference between being productive and being busy.  Afraid of being idle, we tend to run in high gear all the time.  Busy, busy, busy.  Yet, much of what we accomplished during that time could have, or should have, been left undone to pursue more relaxed activity.  That is why it’s so important for us to stay in tune with the Holy Spirit, letting Him help us to stay on top of the things which really do matter.  How many times do we find ourselves with a huge pile of ‘stuff,’ only to realize that it doesn’t amount to anything when measured against the eternal value of it all?

We can’t possibly be self-controlled, pure, busy at home, managing the home, and keeping an eye on everyone in the home without God’s help!  Let’s take a look at some of the many ‘hats’ we are called to wear:

Arbitrator, arrow polisher, Ambassador for the King, bookkeeper, construction worker (we are building a godly generation), counselor, chauffeur, children’s pastor, coach, cheerleader, dietitian, Director or Home Affairs, entertainer, educator, First Lady of the Home, fashion consultant, investigator, janitor, judge, librarian, movie critic, nurse, nutritionist, psychologist, personnel manager, referee, switchboard operator, security guard, shepherd (shepherding you own flock), time management expert, and warrior (fighting spiritual battles in prayer).

Seeing the above list makes me tired, just thinking about it!  Yet, this Proverbs 31 woman was a woman, just like us.  The secret to her ability and success in taking good care of her family and managing her household was learning to be dependent upon the Lord.

Are you dependent upon Him?  Or are you dependent upon yourself?

© 2004, Stacy R. Miller

 

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