Proverbs 31:27 - Don’t Be Idle!
We learn about the amazing Proverbs 31 woman who seemed to have everything in her household in check. She ensured that she tended to their every need and that they did not lack anything at all!
I am convinced that this woman was just incredibly diligent and very well organised. It got me thinking about how we can not eat from the bread of idleness and how we can ensure that we too are being diligent, well organised women of God and Mothers. I discuss it more in greater depth on my YouTube channel and in today’s video which you can watch here:
However, I also thought it would be a great idea to share some more of my thoughts and ideas on this scripture here. Now we know that God is a busy Father. He is never sleeping and certainly not idle. I mean how can He be?! He is tending to the whole worlds needs and watching over us to make sure that we are safe and protected. As we are children of the Most High it is natural for most of us to be proactive and making sure that we are using our time wisely. What does that look like to you?!
Maybe it is doing the dishes, cleaning up the house, going to get some groceries or taking some time out to visit family and loved ones. It could even be staying up late to finish that project or working extra hours to finish up your tasks. Whatever it is ensure that you spend your time well. Time is something that we will never get back, so we should strive to never waste it, especially being idle. Have you ever noticed how we can spend so much time on social media scrolling often aimlessly?! Try to change that into something more positive, put your phone down and pick up your bible. Go for a walk and clear your mind or perhaps you would like to give back to the community. There is always time for you to do something productive.
We learn from 1 Timothy 5:13 that Paul did not want young widows to become idlers. He was very much against the idea of young widows becoming idlers and gossips. “And withal they learn to be idle, wandering about from house to house; and not only idle, but tattlers also and busybodies, speaking things which they ought not.” Although this scripture refers to widows, anyone runs the risk of becoming an idler and a gossip if they choose to become one. When someone has nothing better to do, it is easy for them to become an easy target to such things because they are not using their time constructively. They are free with nothing to do. Then as time goes by gossiping will become the norm for them, something that will be difficult for them to stop as time goes by.
Proverbs 13:4 also states, “The soul of the sluggard desireth, and hath nothing: but the soul of the diligent shall be made fat.” This is very interesting because it is true. Someone who does not want to work hard for things will lack and have very little compared to someone who gets up and does what they need to do to provide for their families. We learn about this from the Proverbs 31 woman who was something short of amazing! She was definitely not an idle woman because she was up very early and would be still up working away to prevent her family from lacking. This is why scripture states that her children and family praised her because of her diligence and dedication.
1 Thessalonians 4:11-12, “And that ye study to be quiet, and to do your own business, and to work with your own hands, as we commanded you; That ye may walk honestly toward them that are without, and that ye may have lack of nothing.” Another important fact is to tend to our own business, work on our own lives, but that does not mean we should not care about others. We should, but we should not be involving ourselves in situations that do not concern us and that lead to gossip or idleness. When we are busy looking after ourselves and our families we will not have time to involve ourselves in idle talk.
What are your thoughts on this scripture?