We are to week 19 of our Proverbs 31 woman series and today’s verse sums her up! She does not eat the bread of idleness! We have seen her diligence in every aspect of life – from caring for her husband, children, servants and even the poor. We’ve watched her rise early, stay up late, plant a vineyard, sew her own clothes, her family’s clothing, the tapestries and beddings! And the cherry on top of all of this woman’s work is excellence!
The Proverbs 31 woman knew that homemaking was her God given role and she OWNED it! She didn’t idly sit by and let the clutter and laundry pile up! She was busy embracing her highcalling. She was busy managing her time, family and home well!
1. “She watches” – this means her eyes are fixed on her own family as her first priority. She’s not watching what others are doing. She’s not watching Oprah or the status updates on facebook. She’s watching closely her home and the needs that are there.
2. What does she watch over? “the affairs (or ways)” What are your family’s ways? What are their habits and routines? Are they healthy? Are they glorifying to God? Is everyone getting their rest, getting time in the Word of God, getting enough tender listening time, love and affection, enough exercise and healthy food? What are your family’s ways? You shape the ways of the home by your influence.
3. Whose ways does she watch? “her household” Let me reiterate -she is thinking of her household first. She is not thinking about pleasing her boss, pleasing her mother-in-law, or meddling in other’s business. She is focused on her household because she understands and embraces the powerful role she plays in the home.
And then the verse ends with a kicker! “She does not eat the bread of idleness”. This statement is so powerful. The Proverbs 31 woman knows how to manage her time, family and home! As she resists idleness, she embraces her work and she serves her family.
I want to encourage you, do not grow idle in your mundane tasks. Manage your time, family and home well. Mundane tasks are the hidden treasure to creating a home that is a haven. Watch over the ways of your family. Embrace this hidden treasure as the Proverbs 31 woman did and you too will be blessed!