Proverbs 31: King James Bible
Doing the Possible – Daily Devotion of Proverbs chapter thirty one, Verses 13-14
13 She seeketh wool, and flax, and worketh willingly with her hands. 14 She is like the merchants’ ships; she bringeth her food from afar.
Daily Inspiration from This Verse – Doing the Possible
This is a continuation of the Proverbial definition of a virtuous woman. The Lord is taking us line by line, not only how he defines what a virtuous woman consists of, but also how she conducts herself. There’s a difference.
Someone can conduct themselves virtuously, by but inwardly be every bit as wicked as they come. Being virtuous in truth, branches out from the heart and works its way outward. Not the other way around.
We see the virtuous woman being active about acquiring the things she needs in order to work with her hands. Being like the merchant’s ships, she goes off to where she can find what she needs, be it across the street, or across a great distance.
She isn’t waiting for things to come easier, but is set to do what needs doing. Nor is she waiting for others to do this for her. She’s the one doing everything here in these verses.
She’s made up her mind about what’s needed to fetch before she goes anywhere. She isn’t stopping to smell the roses, but is diligently setting out to acquire what she’s going to need, for whatever it is she is putting her hands to work toward.
Wool and flax would suggest that she’s got plans of a ton of work ahead of her- She knows what she needs. This could possibly represent the coming of cooler months, and is planning to fashion her family with some winter garb, or perhaps blankets.
This is all her idea! She is willingly taking these things on, because of her virtuous nature. There’s no note of her husband telling her what to do, she’s got the will to do good for her family, not just hope good for her family. Big difference between those two things as well.
Hoping vs Doing
Hope should step in when you’ve reached the end of what you can do. If we self examine, do we set our hopes first, then follow up to do this or that? This reminds me what James said about faith without works.
I’ve done it, typically reaching out in hope for something big to happen, but ignore the little steps that I could take in order to get there. Knowing that the Lord can do all things is a bit of a spoiler for his kids I believe.
If we didn’t already know that nothing is impossible with the Father, we’d probably do more to reach a goal rather than wait around thinking that the Lord will do it for us.
Toil is as much of an element to the living beings upon this earth as oxygen. This is the effect of the entrance of sin, and the curse that had been placed upon this earth ever since. Thank you Adam.
However, the Lord has set a reward for those of us who need to do some toiling in order to get things done. We call it satisfaction. Whatever it is that has been toiled over plus satisfaction, is the positive outcome that is available to us.
The Lord steps in when we reach the end of our ability to continue forward, and carries us through what is impossible for us to do without him. Not the things that he’s aware that we’re capable of. Don’t forget, he’s the one who made us, and knows better than we do what we can and can’t do.
Do right, do it diligently, and do it well according to the Word of the Lord. If the virtuous woman took a different approach, then there would be some suffering going on in those cold and brisk months.
Related New Testament Scripture
James 2: King James Bible
18 Yea, a man may say, Thou hast faith, and I have works: shew me thy faith without thy works, and I will shew thee my faith by my works. 19 Thou believest that there is one God; thou doest well: the devils also believe, and tremble.
20 But wilt thou know, O vain man, that faith without works is dead? 21 Was not Abraham our father justified by works, when he had offered Isaac his son upon the altar?
22 Seest thou how faith wrought with his works, and by works was faith made perfect? 23 And the scripture was fulfilled which saith, Abraham believed God, and it was imputed unto him for righteousness: and he was called the Friend of God.
24 Ye see then how that by works a man is justified, and not by faith only. 25 Likewise also was not Rahab the harlot justified by works, when she had received the messengers, and had sent them out another way? 26 For as the body without the spirit is dead, so faith without works is dead also.
Thank you for all that you’ve done for us already, and for all that you intend to do in the future. Help us to know our limitations concerning what you’re waiting for us to do, and also what you’re willing to do. Grant us the diligence of the virtuous woman, individually as well as the Body of Christ, to remove us from any state of poverty, squalor, or anything that has spiraled out of control because of a lack of diligence. Lead us to exhaust the possible, so that we can have the pleasure of watching you perform the impossible! In the name of the Lord Jesus Christ we pray.
Do you wait for the Lord to do everything that’s already possible, rather than doing the possible yourself?
- Daily Inspiration from Proverbs 31 P. 501 – The Spoil of Toil
- Daily Inspiration from Proverbs 31 P. 499 – Busy Hands
- Daily Inspiration from Proverbs 31 P. 500 – Outstretched Hands
- Daily Inspiration from Proverbs 31 P. 498 – Wisdom at Work
- Daily Inspiration from Proverbs 31 P. 508 – Her Own Works