Friday, August 12th, 2016
Proverbs For Performers (Part 95)
Women Of Virtue: Their Work*
She seeks wool and flax,
And willingly works with her hands...
She considers a field and buys it;
From her profits she plants a vineyard.
She girds herself with strength,
And strengthens her arms.
She perceives that her merchandise is good,
And her lamp does not go out by night.
Proverbs 31:13,16-18 (NKJV)
This Proverbs woman sounds very modern: an ancient model of a working mom. She not only keeps an amazing house (uplifting her husband's reputation), but she also wheels and deals in business (earning income to help her family).
Consider one theologian's comments on the nature of her unfailing work:
'She toils 'willingly,' or, as the literal rendering is, 'with the pleasure of her hands.' There is no profit in unwilling work. Love makes toil delightful, and delighted toil is successful. Throughout its pages, the Bible reverences diligence. It is the condition of prosperity in material and spiritual things' (MacLaren's Expositions on Proverbs 31:13).**
Actors, models and talent for Christ: What I admire about this lifestyle isn't just her tireless energy and the diversity of her jobs, it's her apparent joy in the work. 'She perceives that her merchandise is good... Strength and honor are her clothing; She shall rejoice in time to come' (Proverbs 31:18,25).
Remember: 'Love makes toil delightful, and delighted toil is successful.' Therein, if you love what you're doing, then your whole heart is into the work. And if your whole heart is committed, then the power of God is with you. At that point, success steps on the stage. 'Nothing by any means shall harm you' (Luke 10:19). Nothing by any means shall stop you.
The victory is already won, and your diligence will claim its share.
To Be Continued...
* Proverbs 31:10-31: https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=pro+31%3A10-31&version=NKJV
** Link to Alexander MacLaren's Expositions of Holy Scripture on Proverbs 31: https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/mac/proverbs-31.html
P.S. To read the other devotions in this series, please see the Proverbs for Performers series.