Hello to my faithful followers…all two of you! 🙂 I haven’t posted in a while…been sick and busy and traveling, but I’m here now and feeling better, thank you Lord!
Proverbs 31: 17 “She sets about her work vigorously; her arms are strong for her tasks.”
I have talked before about my lack of motivation and inherent laziness, so I won’t harp on that again. Though, this verse, once again, points out that a wife of noble character should go about her work with a sense of purpose and not complaining. Working vigorously does not mean that you get up and start a load of dishes then sit down on the computer for two hours as a break from the “work” you just did…yes, I am guilty! This is a no-excuses kind of work ethic, where laundry isn’t something you dread, it is a God-given calling, to care for your family to the best of your ability. This, in and of itself, is serving God because God puts a high value on family. But I said I wasn’t going to talk about that…
“…her arms are strong for her tasks.” This is the part of the verse that gets me. We have a lot of preconceptions about the women of the Bible and what it would be like to live in that time period. Women had no rights. They couldn’t own property, they couldn’t work outside the house (other than prostitution) and they had to do a lot of “women’s work” with no help from the men. I don’t know about you, but I very much appreciate my husband’s willingness to clean a bathroom or hang out a load of clothes or clean up after dinner. I think we tend to see the women of the Bible as people to be pitied. But this verse tells me, that although they may not have had the right to vote, or even to speak to a non-related male in public, they were not weak women.
You don’t have to watch much TV (and I don’t) to see a commercial for “scrubless” bathroom cleaner, or some new product that does “twice the work in half the time.” We are a culture where time is money and we don’t want to spend any more time doing something than we have to. About a month ago I decided I was going to scrub my kitchen floors. I got down on my hands and knees and went to town. About ten minutes into it, my knees hurt from the hard floor and my arms were sore from scrubbing. As I recounted this to a friend later that day she asked me why I would do such a thing, I sweep and mop…why would I want to waste all that time scrubbing? My answer…because I had never done it before. I felt better for having done it, more satisfied with the cleanliness of my kitchen, even if she couldn’t tell the difference. But my arms were not “strong for my task” because I have a Swiffer mop and a Dyson vacuum and all these products and commercials telling me that I shouldn’t put any more effort or energy into cleaning or cooking than absolutely necessary. Frankly, I disagree. There is a level of satisfaction you get from doing something the “old fashioned way” that you don’t get after vacuuming. I will continue to scrub my floors…but I’m not throwing away my Swiffer either…
I fear that we as a culture are looking for a time and energy saving way to God as well. We like the 10 minute devotionals we can read over breakfast and then we are done for the day. If you are looking for something more; a deeper knowledge of God and His word, then I highly recommend Kay Arthur’s Inductive Bible Study series. There are different types of studies, some require 30 mins a day and some an hour or more. I have completed one and working on a second and very much enjoy it. I find the rewards worth the time required.
No shortcuts. Only one way to God…Jesus.