Proverbs 31: King James Bible
Bread of Idleness – Daily Devotion of Proverbs chapter thirty one, Verses 27-28
27 She looketh well to the ways of her household, and eateth not the bread of idleness. 28 Her children arise up, and call her blessed; her husband also, and he praiseth her.
Daily Inspiration from These Verses – Bread of Idleness
We’ve been given insight into the woman of virtue covering many different traits. We’ve already spoken about how she is careful to make sure everyone has everything they need; being prepared for different seasons and situations.
Above, we see her considering the ways of her household. This is different than providing or making sure everyone’s well fed.
The Ways of a Household
This is where she takes a few steps back, and takes in observations. She’s looking to make sure everything is running smoothly, and those around her are doing what they’re expected to do.
This is where she’s changed hats from a laborer to the boss.
If you took stock in the ways of your household, there’s a good chance that you’d find area for improvement. Even if all is running well, things can always be improved, or at the least dialed in a tad.
Have you been tending to your own house? I don’t mean your dwelling, but the one that’s housing your spirit? We are temples of the Holy Ghost are we not? Take a look around in there. Are there things that don’t belong littering up the temple?
This is Her Down Time
Instead of being idle when she’s done all she needs to do, she takes this time as an opportunity for improvement. There is a ton of wisdom in this, and here’s why…
Taking time to look over things is wildly ignored when you live a two fold lifestyle. By that I mean busy then idle, busy, idle, busy, idle, on and on day after day. This is when your tire blows out because you didn’t have a clue that it was that far gone. You never took the time to look. Has that ever happened to you?
Or, you one day notice that you kids have developed habits that you don’t like, and would have been much easier to alter their trajectory if you had noticed it earlier on.
When you live a busy lifestyle, tons of little things go by the wayside that amplifies through time. There’s something that I’ve noticed when it comes to problems.
They rarely come at you during a time of convenience. Someone I used to work with said something years ago that stuck with me. “I don’t mind car troubles, because I know how to fix them. But it’s just the inconvenience of it all!”
Be Still and Know what your Household is Doing
Household management is what’s going on, and it’s difficult to recognize this when you’re taking care of other things.
The Lord said for us to be still and know that he is God. When we do this, we gain perspective in who we serve, and can take a moment to reflect on our relationship with him. I see this as something similar.
Just because the woman is not eating the bread of idleness, doesn’t mean she’s frantically running after everyone, making sure that they’re doing things the way she likes them. That can be more of a job than actual work.
She’s looking around, making observations, taking notes, making sure everything is going on the way she feels it should. Being still and relaxed does not mean to be idle. Being idle is wasting time, rather than using it for something fruitful.
Using time wisely to educate yourself in the comings and goings of those in the house, the condition of things, how things could be better, and other things of this nature, can be very productive.
Like nearly everything else, I wish I knew these things in my younger years!
Praise and Blessings
Her husband praises her for doing this, because he understands the importance of taking stock of the homestead, and making tweaks here and there. Noticing things that he wouldn’t, informing him, so he can do what he must to play his hand at fixing a problem. Especially when it comes to taking care of something in order to avoid a problem.
Her children grow up and have nothing but good to say about her. They bless her by living out their lives in a manner that aligns with her desires for them throughout their childhood. They use her as a measuring stick, whether they know it or not.
When older, they understand the efforts and involvement, the time and the sacrifices, all of life’s lessons taught, and appreciate it in a profound way. They find themselves wondering what Mom would do in situations that arise.
Related New Testament Scripture
Matthew 12: King James Bible
36 But I say unto you, That every idle word that men shall speak, they shall give account thereof in the day of judgment.
1 Corinthians 6: King James Bible
19 What? know ye not that your body is the temple of the Holy Ghost which is in you, which ye have of God, and ye are not your own? 20 For ye are bought with a price: therefore glorify God in your body, and in your spirit, which are God’s.
Galatians 6: King James Bible
10 As we have therefore opportunity, let us do good unto all men, especially unto them who are of the household of faith.
Ephesians 2: King James Bible
18 For through him we both have access by one Spirit unto the Father. 19 Now therefore ye are no more strangers and foreigners, but fellow citizens with the saints, and of the household of God;
20 And are built upon the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Jesus Christ himself being the chief corner stone; 21 In whom all the building fitly framed together groweth unto an holy temple in the Lord: 22 In whom ye also are builded together for an habitation of God through the Spirit.
1 Timothy 5: King James Bible
11 But the younger widows refuse: for when they have begun to wax wanton against Christ, they will marry; 12 Having damnation, because they have cast off their first faith.
13 And withal they learn to be idle, wandering about from house to house; and not only idle, but tattlers also and busybodies, speaking things which they ought not. 14 I will therefore that the younger women marry, bear children, guide the house, give none occasion to the adversary to speak reproachfully.
Thank you for your wisdom into this verse, and in every verse that you’ve placed into your Word. This world has altered your plan for our lives Lord. The ways that we’ve been convinced are right are sometimes what keeps us from having a more fruitful life, the way that you originally intended. Please help to straighten us all out Father. May we use our time more wisely than ever, and be as productive as possible. This includes our part of our relationship with you, our neighbors, and all things. May we take part in the Bread of Life, rather than the bread of idleness. TThis we pray in teh name of the Lord Jesus Christ.
When you come home after a long day’s work, do you feast upon the bread of idleness?