Proverbs 31: King James Bible
Her Own Works – Daily Devotion of Proverbs chapter thirty one, Verse 31
31 Give her of the fruit of her hands; and let her own works praise her in the gates.
Daily Inspiration from This Verse – Her Own Works
This is a verse that we can all relate to, should we decide to boil away things such as blame, shifting fault, pity parties, making excuses, or treating our own responsibilities like a hot potato. We’ll get to why that is as we move along.
In a literal sense, this verse is talking about the woman of virtue receiving the things due to her. Fairly cut and dry.
Having read about her throughout this chapter, we’ve been made aware of the various things that she’s set her hands to. We already know what her works have been.
Therefore we have a good idea, that the fruit of her hands will be as a blessing, and her works praising her at the gates is a positive, refreshing thing.
There’s Always Fruit
Even doing nothing yields its own fruit, it just takes more thought to figure out what form that fruit might arrive as.
The Fruit of Avoidance
Here’s an example of what I mean. The fruit of not paying your bills reap a barrage of phone calls, a belly full of stress, removal of services, or sometimes can land you all the way to court.
The Fruit of Laziness
We’ve seen this in action, and have talked about it every time it’s come up throughout the pages of Proverbs. The Lord has had much to say about this, through the examples of the sluggard and the slotherly.
The fruit of laziness is as a small hill that eventually grows into a mountain. Not doing things that need doing, will insure an undesirable fruit delivery.
The Lord knows the Difference
Doesn’t this verse come across as someone telling somebody else to do something? Our narrator here is the Lord. He is the one who is making this command, and he is making sure that what he has established is carried out.
It is important for all of us to recognize that the fruit of our labor, works of our hands or lack thereof, will not hinge on others. What I mean is, there isn’t anybody standing in between you and the Lord.
If we’re responsible for doing something and we do it to the best of our ability, we’ll be rewarded for it one way or the other. On the other hand, if we ditch responsibility, we’ll be the ones receiving the fruit of ditching that responsibility.
The Lord isn’t going to fall for the stupid excuses that others might. We may have solid reasons why we did or didn’t do something, and he’s not ignorant to that.
He is just to judge righteously based on the intents of the heart, in combination of the works of our hands. That, I believe, will determine the fruit.
Excuses are different than reasons. These tend to shift blame or focus from our shoulders to someone else’s. Eventually, this will catch up to everyone who does it, and the fruit thereof isn’t pleasant.
You left the house without a minute to spare to head out to work. But because you would up behind someone driving at a snails pace, it’s that guy’s fault you were late. Not because you left later than you should have in the first place- at least that’s what we try and convince ourselves and others in these kinds of situations.
When we apply a little wisdom to the guy who left leaving no time to spare, we know that if he left some cushion of time in there to anticipate a delay, he would have been to work either early or on time.
Makes sense right? This is a relatively harmless example, that will yield fruit in the form of frustration, not looking too good in the workplace (at least for that day), having to work a little later to compensate, or make that much less that week.
But what about the broader things in life? Do we do the best we can to get our house in order, our lives in order, our walk with the Father in order?
Being Praised at the Gates
Job well done
My work praises me at the gates when I am coming back home from somewhere, and my lawn is mowed, yard is tidy, I’ve not given the neighbors fodder for gossip, and I don’t get the bellyache of reminding of all that I need to do. But, I had to do a bit of work to get it done in the first place.
When I haven’t mowed the lawn, I can come up with all kinds of excuses as to why that is. But that doesn’t change anything, and in my heart I know full well that I could have and should have gotten it done.
There have been times when I had good reason rather than excuses. The lawnmower didn’t work. That’s about the best reason you can get. I know, and the Lord knows, that if it were operational, the work would have been done.
Handling what Can be Handled
See the difference? The Lord judges the heart of a man or woman, not necessarily the circumstances involved that causes us to either do or not-do something. Nobody needs to tell the Father that sometimes things come up unawares, impacting how we do things or what we wind up doing.
But how we handle a matter is what will dictate the reward, or the type of fruit we will receive.
The Woman Enjoys her Fruits
We know that this admirable, virtuous woman being spoken about throughout chapter 31, does all that she can to keep her house in order. She displays diligence to get things done and keep things flowing.
She fears the Lord, and has a firm handle of his Word, allowing her to know his promises and do the things that will ignite the blessings from his commandments. Her beauty isn’t defined from the surface, but by what breaches through the surface from the heart.
She is kind and charitable to the poor and needy, and shows grace toward all who are under her employ. Wisdom and foresight guide her business decisions, causing her to make purchases with thought out purpose.
He household is well knit together in bonds of respect and love.
This, my friends, is the picture that the Lord has given us to tell all about what he expects out of his bride. This is the Church, free of wrinkle or spot, with a heart after his own.
We have no control over anyone else. We can’t force others in the Body of Christ to start behaving as this fine woman of virtue.
But we can start with how we conduct ourselves. This is an area that we do have control over. We are to do what we can, and rely on the Father for the impossible.
The more individuals get closer to this goal within the Body of Christ, the less wrinkles or spots there are to remove from the Bride.
Related New Testament Scripture
Matthew 3: King James Bible
10 And now also the ax is laid unto the root of the trees: therefore every tree which bringeth not forth good fruit is hewn down, and cast into the fire.
Matthew 7: King James Bible
16 Ye shall know them by their fruits. Do men gather grapes of thorns, or figs of thistles? 17 Even so every good tree bringeth forth good fruit; but a corrupt tree bringeth forth evil fruit. 18 A good tree cannot bring forth evil fruit, neither can a corrupt tree bring forth good fruit.
Matthew 12: King James Bible
33 Either make the tree good, and his fruit good; or else make the tree corrupt, and his fruit corrupt: for the tree is known by his fruit.
John 15: King James Bible
15 I am the true vine, and my Father is the husbandman. 2 Every branch in me that beareth not fruit he taketh away: and every branch that beareth fruit, he purgeth it, that it may bring forth more fruit.
3 Now ye are clean through the word which I have spoken unto you. 4 Abide in me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself, except it abide in the vine; no more can ye, except ye abide in me. 5 I am the vine, ye are the branches: He that abideth in me, and I in him, the same bringeth forth much fruit: for without me ye can do nothing.
Romans 7: King James Bible
4 Wherefore, my brethren, ye also are become dead to the law by the body of Christ; that ye should be married to another, even to him who is raised from the dead, that we should bring forth fruit unto God.
Galatians 5: King James Bible
22 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, 23 Meekness, temperance: against such there is no law.
Ephesians 5: King James Bible
9 (For the fruit of the Spirit is in all goodness and righteousness and truth;)
Colossians 1: King James Bible
9 For this cause we also, since the day we heard it, do not cease to pray for you, and to desire that ye might be filled with the knowledge of his will in all wisdom and spiritual understanding; 10 That ye might walk worthy of the Lord unto all pleasing, being fruitful in every good work, and increasing in the knowledge of God;
11 Strengthened with all might, according to his glorious power, unto all patience and longsuffering with joyfulness; 12 Giving thanks unto the Father, which hath made us meet to be partakers of the inheritance of the saints in light:
13 Who hath delivered us from the power of darkness, and hath translated us into the kingdom of his dear Son: 14 In whom we have redemption through his blood, even the forgiveness of sins: 15 Who is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of every creature:
16 For by him were all things created, that are in heaven, and that are in earth, visible and invisible, whether they be thrones, or dominions, or principalities, or powers: all things were created by him, and for him: 17 And he is before all things, and by him all things consist.
Thank you for this journey that you’ve taken us on through your Word. Thank you for the lessons, prophecies, and all of the treasure that you’ve uncovered for us throughout every verse. Through each passing day, please help us to remember to do the things that we’re able, and allow you to take care of the things that we’re unable to take care of. Help us to learn to rely on you in season, and to put in the work in season, but also according to your instruction and your will. May we stroll ever closer to the goal that you’ve set in our behalf, and reach that determined end with purity of heart, having done all. Teach us individually what we must do to play our part, in ironing out wrinkles or removing spots from the Bride. In the name of the Lord Jesus Christ we pray.
Would we be as pleased with the fruit of our hands as the woman is pleased with the fruit of her own works?
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