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She gets up while it is still night;
she provides food for her family
and portions for her female servants.
Proverbs 31: 15 NIV
Proverbs 31:15 speaks of a woman who is both diligent and kind 🙂 The first line implies that she doesn’t overindulge with sleep. The more I read the Bible, the more I see that balance and hard work are part of what makes a good life. Too much of one thing is unbalanced and bound to cause trouble. That includes too much sleeping in.
Now, it doesn’t matter if you get up literally when it is still night. I live in a state where the sun shines brightly at 7am in the summer, but it is pitch-dark at 7am in the winter. What matters is that we get up at the appropriate time to meet our responsibilities and duties.
Whether you work outside the home or at home, getting up at a decent time allows us to face the day ~ to get to work on time, meet our duties, have time for God and for our families and for ourselves, and for all that is important. Sleeping in is a treat, and treats are best enjoyed sparingly 🙂
The last few words gave me pause: “she provides food for her family and portions for her female servants.” Though I’ve not seen this mentioned in the commentaries I’ve read, it reminds me of something Jesus once said:
…whoever wants to become great among you
must be your servant,
and whoever wants to be first
must be your slave— just as the Son of Man
did not come to be served, but to serve…
[That was part of Matthew 20:26 NIV. For full verse, visit BibleGateway.]
So, I’m reading Proverbs 31:15 and going “It makes sense to feed her family, but why would she serve her servants? Isn’t that what they’re there for? It’s literally in the name.” But the standard that the Proverbs 31 woman sets is high. Her kindness is plenty, and her actions echo the words of Jesus 🙂
She not only looks after her own family, but also looks after those who are around her. How wonderful is that?? The Proverbs 31 woman would never turn up her nose and say “that’s not my job.” No, she takes good care of those around her, no matter who they are.
[To read a bit more on slaves and servants in biblical times, visit American Bible Society.]
I hope this blog does more than make you go “Ugh! I hate waking up early!” LoL 🙂 I hope the Word of God inspires you to live a healthier, more balanced life ❤️ Praise the Lord and I will see you next time!