“An Uncommon Woman in Uncommon Times” – The Proverbs 31 Woman” – Ladies Bible Study Day 8
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17. She sets about her work vigorously; her arms are strong for her tasks
I love the word “vigorously”. It’s a wonderful adjective that puts greater emphasis on the noun “work”. It implies that God’s uncommon woman sets about her work with energy and joy. She is not expected to look upon her tasks begrudgingly as if it were some sort of snake there to bite her. It really doesn’t matter what the chore is, the question to be answered is if she is doing it unto the Lord.
Our days are full, whether we are in the workplace or at home with our children. Many of us wake up with our feet running and don’t stop until we lie down at night, exhausted and wondering whether we’ll live to fight another day……..
Read Colossians 3:23-24 and fill in the blanks: “Whatever you do, ________ at it with all your _________, as working for the __________, not for men, since you know that you will receive an ______________ from the Lord as a reward. It is the Lord Christ you are ____________.
I know that changing dirty diapers is not usually on anybody’s top 10 happy list. However, when we lovingly change that dirty diaper on that squirmy little kidlet, we can take joy in knowing that not only are we serving our child, but we are serving the Lord.
I believe and have found in my life, that I don’t always have to be happy about what I’m doing, but I should always be joyful. Habakkuk 3:18b says, “I will be joyful in God my Savior.” And
1st Thessalonians 16-18 says, “Be joyful always; pray continually; give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.”.
When we look upon our work with God’s word in our hearts and minds, a new vigorous energy flows through us which reflects in our continence - radiating uncommon beauty and strength.
At the time that this Proverb was written, everything was done manually, as it has been for the majority of human history. There were no cars, no refrigerators, no dishwashers, no water faucets in the homes, no electricity, etc. You get my drift!
When a woman needed water, she walked to the nearest well, lowered the water skin down into the well and drew the water to fill her water jar (usually more than once) and then carried that jar back home. These would be clay pottery jars, heavy and cumbersome just by themselves, then add the water to the weight. Hopefully, this would be all the water that she would need for the day, but I’m sure the ladies had to make more than one trip. I know how much water is used in my household daily!
Just from this one example, we know that these women were in great shape. With the advent of all our modern conveniences, life has been made easier, but it’s also easier for us to become out of shape. We need to make sure that we keep our bodies strong to care for our husbands, children and homes.
It doesn’t do us any good, to let ourselves get out of shape and weak. First of all, we have a tendency to feel nasty and unattractive when we don’t take care of ourselves, but most of all, how can we serve the Lord when we allow ourselves to get run down.
Read Romans 12:1 and fill in the blanks: Therefore, I urge you brothers, in view of God's __________, to offer you ________ as living __________, holy and pleasing to God—this is your ____________ act of worship.”
As you know from studying the Old Testament, the sacrifices that were to be made to God were to be perfect and spotless - not weak and infirm. We become weak and infirm when we do not keep up our strength. (Reference Leviticus, Chps. 1-8 & 16)
***One little side note: We have to be wary of making physical workouts our god. 1 Timothy 4:8 says: “For physical training is of some value, but godliness has value for all things, holding promise for both the present life and the life to come.” (emphasis mine).
Personal Question: How do I go about my work vigorously with the strong, womanly arms that the Lord has given me? ______________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________
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