She watches over the ways of her household, and does not eat the bread of idleness.
So here we are, four weeks from the end of our book. We have learned so many things about this Beautiful in God’s eyes woman and yet there is still more to learn. This week we find out that this P31 Woman is watchman from the first part of our verse. This responsibility is quite big. It says she watches over the ways of her household. So she knows and is in tune with the people under her care. The Bible uses this same word throughout the old and new testament.
In 1 Peter 5:8 we are told:
‘Stay alert! Watch out for your great enemy, the devil. He prowls around like a roaring lion, looking for someone to devour.’
This word ‘watch out’ in the Greek has the same meaning as ‘she watches over’ in Hebrew in our verse today. We are to know our loved ones so deeply that we can see anything out of the ordinary and sound the alarms before whatever has gone awry can devastate. We can see when the enemy is trying to sneak in to cause havoc in our lives, before our loved ones (and ourselves) can be devoured. This week spend time in really looking at and learning about the ones you care most about. Spend time with the TV off and distractions away so you can become more intune with their nature so that when something does creep in, you will see it and sound the alarm for your family.
The second part of our verse tells us she ‘does not eat the bread of idleness’. I don’t know about you but when I get bored I get destructive. Not in the sense that I run around like a loon breaking things but when I get bored, well that’s when I break out the 400 calorie oatmeal creme pie cookies and icecream. I get destructive in with my health. I have nothing to do or the work I am doing at that time is incredible easy so I eat.
This word ‘idleness’ on Dictionary.com is described as ‘not spent or filled with activity’. When you do a word study in the Bible and find the MANY verses it is used in, you will find the word is not used in a good light.
In 2 Thessalonians 3:11 we see how God views idleness:
‘We hear that some among you are idle and disruptive. They are not busy; they are busybodies.’
What happens when we are not busy for too long? We become busybodies. Another translations of this verse says ‘Yet we hear that some of you are living idle lives, refusing to work and meddling in other people’s business.’
I had a neighbor a while back who was a retired school teacher. My husband and I both worked and had lots of things we were part of outside of work. This made it a bit difficult to keep up with a few things around our house as often as she would have liked. One day while my husband was out mowing the lawn she came over and asked him if we had a ladder. Of course Ryan said yes and asked if she needed to borrow it. She promptly said no and advised that he needed to use it to clean out our gutters as the spout on the left side of our house was blocked. One other day during conversation with my husband she let him know that we needed to clean out our pool as it was quite dirty… we had a fenced in back yard and the pool was an above ground pool. So you can see that her retirement lended her the time she needed to keep up with our household and I can imagine we weren’t the only ones she helped out with.
This story of our sweet retired neighbor is a nice example of what having an abundance of freetime can do however, there are also the ugly examples. When we aren’t busy with the work God has for us what will we fill our time with. This week please look up verses, as there are MANY, on idleness and comment on our Facebook page or here with one verse you have found.