Sunday, April 3, 2011

Proverbs 31:13 ...works with her hands in delight

Thirty Day Study of Our Work -- What God has to say about blessings of work, organizing our work, attitude toward work, and teaching our daughters (and sons) how to work -- Day I

Proverbs 31:13 describes the worthy woman this way: "She selects wool and flax
and works with eager hands. " NIV 2011 version

"She seeketh wool, and flax, and worketh willingly with her hands." KJV

She hath sought wool and flax, And with delight she worketh [with] her hands." Young's literal translation.

According to the online Hebrew Interlinear Bible, the word translated "willingly" or "eagerly" does have to do with delight.

Managing a home takes lots of work. No matter what other type of work you might be involved with, be diligent about the amount of oversight, planning, and labor involved in managing your household. Because our work in the home directly involves our most beloved family, we don't want to skimp on this ever so important sphere of life.

Titus 2 counsels younger women to be busy at home (among other things) so that God's word won't be maligned. Here is a second and even more urgent motivation for our work in the home. A woman who takes care of her family and her home brings glory to the Lord. A woman who neglects these things can cause His name to be spoken of in an ill manner. People do watch us to see if we are at home who we say we are in public.

This doesn't mean that we live our lives for the approval of other people or that we take too much credit or blame for how other people respond to the Lord. It does not mean that we become uptight about having the "perfect" home and family. It does mean, however, that we recognize the importance of our work in the home and that we depend on the Lord to help us.

If we let our society tell us that the work we do in the home is of little importance, we can't expect to be very delighted about doing it. However, if we know in our hearts that God's word is true -- that He sees and rewards our work in the home if done out of mindfulness for Him -- we will find joy in fulfilling our tasks. On an off-day, we may wake up with an aching head and long to stay under the warm covers rather than get up and get about our tasks. However, love for the Lord and for our families compels us to arise and be about the business of caring for our home and family. We are rewarded with the sweet knowledge that we have been faithful stewards of matters dear to the Lord and to our own hearts.

Our children will pick up on our attitudes toward work. If they see we attach importance to what we do, they will, too. One of the best gifts we can give our children is a love for good work. Another gift we can give them is to teach them to be attentive to detail in their work. Still another gift we can give them is to help them identify and utilize their God-given gifts in work.

Work -- it's a good thing!

Happy Home Keeping!

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