She watches over the affairs of her household and does not eat the bread of idleness. – Proverbs 31:27
I struggled with writing this post this week. I read the verse over and over and studied many commentaries, but for whatever the reason the words were not flowing like I wanted them to. With the deadline approaching and nothing to show for my many attempts at filling the screen with words I quickly became frustrated with myself and put it away until the next night knowing God heard my many prayers for help and would answer me sooner than later.
A voice more like a thought popped into my head later in the day that told me to be honest, tell them you’re struggling and why, and here are your thoughts. So with all that being said and as our study on the Proverbs 31 woman comes to a close here are my final thoughts on this amazing woman.
This is a woman who does everything with such excellence. She basically is like the CEO of her home. Without her, things do not run smoothly. She is a godly woman; trustworthy, hard-working, generous, dignified and nurturing. Her home is warm, inviting and full of love. I see her cooking breakfast for her husband and children. She sends her husband out the door with a peck on the cheek and tells him to have a blessed day. She tightly squeezes her little ones telling them she loves them as they go out to play with other children with no worries to the evil that lurks about.
Verse 27 says “she watches over the affairs of her household.” The Hebrew is literally that she “leans into” meaning this woman is looking over your shoulder and observing you. And ‘the ways’ is the ‘pathway” of her household. This woman has a full-time job of keeping her family away from harm and the influences of evil doings and making sure that the family doesn’t stray off the beaten path.
The second part of this says she ‘does not eat the bread of idleness.” I have two thoughts on this verse. The first being this woman is too busy for gossip and idle chit-chat with the neighbors about who did what to whom. She is only concerned about what goes on in her house. And second, when I think of bread I think of the prayer Jesus tells us to pray, “Give us this day our daily bread.” I have no doubt the Proverbs 31 woman could bake a loaf of bread that would melt in your mouth but somehow I don’t think this is exactly what the writer meant. Physical bread alone is not sufficient; we need spiritual nourishment by reading and studying God’s Word.
Jump ahead to today’s CEO of the home and I imagine the pressure of keeping her household from evil and harm is a full-time job that keeps her on her toes. With the conveniences of TV, the internet and the iPhone (cell phones in general) evil and harm can be just about anywhere.
I don’t know if King Lemuel ever found his Queen but his mother gave him godly wisdom on how to find a virtuous woman and that has become a model for today’s virtuous woman. But after studying the Proverbs 31 woman, in my opinion she does not exist. If this perfect woman existed then we would not need God or seek a relationship with Him. But I do believe each woman possess characteristics of the Proverbs 31 woman. I may not be a Proverbs 31 woman but each day I strive to be.-Tonya
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Tonya Masoner is a part-time legal assistant and full-time school custodian. She enjoys thrift shopping, pizza Sunday’s and binge watching Netflix. She loves telling people-“God’s got a sense of humor… I don’t even drink coffee.” Her Breath on Paper bio can be found here.