“An Uncommon Woman in Uncommon Times” – The Proverbs 31 Woman – Ladies Bible Study Day 7
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An Uncommon Woman in Uncommon Times
As we continue in our study of being uncommon women in uncommon times, we find that what the Lord has to say to us is so rich and full that sometimes it’s more than we can scarcely take in.
When we first read through some of the books of the Bible, i.e. Leviticus, Deuteronomy, Proverbs, it seems to be just a list of practical, boring advice meant for righteous living given by older generations to younger generations. We wonder what practical use it has for us in this day and age. However, remember that all scripture is God breathed from God’s very mouth given to man through the hearts, minds and hands of His servants who are open to Him.
Read 2nd Timothy 3:16 -17 and fill in the blanks: “All ________________ is God-breathed and is useful for ____________, rebuking, correcting and training in ___________________, so that the man of God may be ____________________ equipped for every good work.”
Knowing this, we find that the work that the Lord would have us do, like this extremely busy woman in Proverbs 31, is for the furtherance of His kingdom in our homes and our communities. Let’s continue on:
16. She considers a field and buys it; out of her earnings she plants a vineyard.
The word that pops out at me is “considers.”
Consider (Zamam – Hb.) is defined as: 1: To think about with care or caution, 2: To regard or treat in an attentive, solicitous, or kindly way, 3: To gaze on steadily or reflectively, 4: To come to judge or classify, 5: regard, 6: suppose - reflect, deliberate. (The Hebrew can also have negative connotations, i.e. to plot, etc.)
Basically, to apply one’s mind to something in order to increase one’s knowledge or understanding of it or to reach a decision about it.
As we go about our daily living, I don’t believe that the Lord would have us live rashly in any manner, but to consider everything we do with great care and caution. Observing and reflecting. We are to be good stewards of the blessings He has bestowed upon us; whether they be much or few.
I remember one time just a few years back, Lee and I were shopping in the mall and I saw a skirt and top in a store window that stopped me in my tracks ---- Ahhhhh, I had to have it!
With my husband’s endorsement (kind of like Adam and the forbidden fruit….). I hurried in and bought the outfit, it cost almost $100.00. Ugh!!
This was a very rash and inconsiderate way for me to use the Lord’s funds that He gave us. It was the pure lust of my eyes and greed of my flesh. I was not being a good steward at all! (However, I do still enjoy the skirt and wear it often.)
This woman considered the field; she looked it over, checked out the soil, the drainage. Was it protected by walls? Would it be advantageous for her family or would it be a burden? When everything was mulled over, prayed about (I’m hoping), and weighed out, she bought it and planted a vineyard with her earnings.
Being in the grape business was very advantageous in those days just as it is today. People mainly drank either water, milk or wine. They didn’t have soda, coffee (that I know of) or any of the other various manufactured drinks that we have today. Clusters of grapes more than likely adorned the table at various meals of the day. The Lord commanded that if any of the grapes were left on the vines, do not go back and glean them, but to leave them for the poor to gather so that they too would have food. This was commanded by the Lord for the barley, wheat and grain fields also. These gleanings are what Ruth gathered from for Naomi and herself after moving back to Bethlehem and working in Boaz’s fields during the harvests.
This lady blessed not only her family and community, but blessed the Lord and was blessed by Him. She considered God and His creation a gift to be used wisely. In Psalm 8:3 King David considered the Lord’s heavens that were the work of His fingers, the moon and the stars that He had set in place, what was man that He should be mindful of him. David acknowledged God’s gifts and was in awe. Shouldn’t we also?
Read Proverbs 3:5-6 and fill in the blanks: “Trust in the _________ with all your heart and lean not on your own ___________________; in all your ways ______________________ Him, and He will make your ___________ straight.”
When God gave us His Ten Commandments, the first commandment is that we shall have no other gods before Him. That we are to love the Lord our God and His ways. We are to deeply consider and acknowledge Him, impress His commandments and His ways on our children, consider them wherever we go, when we lie down and when we get up. To tie them as symbols on our hands and bind them on our foreheads.
Please read: Deuteronomy 6.
Personal Question: As I consider my ways and the needs of others, how is the Lord reflected through me to be a blessing to those that I may meet daily? ______________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________
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