Proverbs 31: King James Bible
Wisdom at Work – Daily Devotion of Proverbs chapter thirty one, Verses 15-16
15 She riseth also while it is yet night, and giveth meat to her household, and a portion to her maidens. 16 She considereth a field, and buyeth it: with the fruit of her hands she planteth a vineyard.
Daily Inspiration from These Verses
The two verses above display a few different characteristics of this virtuous woman the Lord is describing to us. She’s a busy lady, not in foolishness, but concerning important decisions and actions that set the tone for her immediate future, and that of her family.
We see wisdom at work in her foresight, and her dealings with others. We also see wisdom at work through her business sense, and fulfilling the needs of her family in a timely and efficient manner.
Rise up Early
The Lord has a thing about early. Rise up early, seek me early, etc…
Seriously, check out how many different times the Lord said to Moses to rise up early! There’s something there for us to glean upon I believe.
She isn’t rising up early to go out, kill something, and go through hours of labor to feed her family. Everything has been taken care of ahead of time. She is comfortable knowing that her work from the day prior will supply her family and maidens with food for the morning.
She just arose early to get it going, and got everyone else up early to eat it. Planning, foresight, and diligence is at play the evening before, to complement the morning.
She Considers a Field
She’s the one checking out property to purchase. She’s the one making the investment, and taking part in the deal.
She isn’t making an unwise decision concerning the property deal. She’s weighing out the benefits of having it, being mindful of what its yield will be come harvest. All things are being considered as to whether or not it will be a good fit for her purposes, and those of her family.
She deals with whomever she must to get the land. This shows a business savvy that isn’t expanded on too much in the Bible concerning women. Yet here it is presented to us with the virtuous woman.
With her own two hands she plants the vineyard. This part of the verse reveals a few things…
We’ve already discovered that she’s got hired help in verse 15, as she isn’t just feeding her family, but also her maidens. So why is she doing the physical work planting the vineyard, and not the people hired to help out?
I can answer this from different experiences, as I’m sure most of you out there can as well…
Sometimes, it’s just better to have done something yourself, rather than rely on others to do something exactly the way you want it done. Other times, it’s better to do something yourself just in case something bad happens. That way you’ve got nobody else to blame but yourself.
I know if I break something that belongs to me, I’ve only got myself to blame. That kind of thinking.
Both of those reasons could be true for reasoning as to why she did the work herself, using her own two hands. I would imagine that planting a vineyard isn’t something that you can easily re-do after going through the trouble of planning everything out, and setting the lines everywhere in line with where you’d intend to set the grapevines.
Performing the work herself, she doesn’t have to worry about others doing it in a manner that she didn’t want. Also, she’s not placing the burden on the shoulders of others, to know exactly what she’s thinking.
And at the end of the day, when all is said and done, she bought the field, she planted the vineyard… If it doesn’t turn out very well, it’s on her, not the help.
However, if she has set a good foundation, and done things well on good land, she’ll leave it for the help to keep things in order; to take care of the vineyard up till harvest.
Wisdom with the Word
When we see wisdom at work in anyone, we should pay attention and see if there is something that we can get from it for future use. In other words, learn. This has a tendency to keep us from pitfalls, but requires for us to either be just as diligent or even more so, to get similar results.
When we apply what I just said to the Word of God, and our walk in the Lord, do we wind up using that same diligence, that same wisdom, that same drive? To learn and apply and put wisdom at work rather than sitting at idle?
Some probably do, some probably don’t. But the answer to that question could explain a lot of different problems, or even explain a lot of different victories. Wisdom (being that which is of the Lord) and diligence keep us out of trouble, keep our feet from stumbling, and is always moving us forward into the will of the Lord, being productive toward his purposes.
Related New Testament Scripture
Matthew 12: King James Bible
42 The queen of the south shall rise up in the judgment with this generation, and shall condemn it: for she came from the uttermost parts of the earth to hear the wisdom of Solomon; and, behold, a greater than Solomon is here.
Luke 21: King James Bible
15 For I will give you a mouth and wisdom, which all your adversaries shall not be able to gainsay nor resist.
1 Corinthians 1: King James Bible
30 But of him are ye in Christ Jesus, who of God is made unto us wisdom, and righteousness, and sanctification, and redemption: 31 That, according as it is written, He that glorieth, let him glory in the Lord.
1 Corinthians 2: King James Bible
5 That your faith should not stand in the wisdom of men, but in the power of God. 6 Howbeit we speak wisdom among them that are perfect: yet not the wisdom of this world, nor of the princes of this world, that come to nought:
7 But we speak the wisdom of God in a mystery, even the hidden wisdom, which God ordained before the world unto our glory: 8 Which none of the princes of this world knew: for had they known it, they would not have crucified the Lord of glory.
James 1: King James Bible
5 If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, that giveth to all men liberally, and upbraideth not; and it shall be given him.
Thank you for your Word, for your patience, for your lessons, and for insights into your Word, without which we’d be spiritually starving. We pray Lord, that you see fit to equip us with the entire package from your hand. Wisdom, knowledge, understanding, diligence, perseverance, and every fruit that the Spirit has to offer. Equip all of your saints richly in these things Lord, so that we are no longer tossed and turned by the whims of this world, but are ever elevated closer to you, performing the purposes that you have set within each of us. All for your glory and in your service. In the name of the Lord Jesus Christ we pray.
Do you take it to heart when you recognize wisdom at work?