P31 Bible Study Week 7 Part 2
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My Closing Thoughts on Diligence
In a world of quick fixes and instant gratification, a Proverbs 31 woman stands out from the crowd. She rises while it is still dark (verse 15), she sets about her work vigorously (verse 17), her lamp does not go out at night (verse 18), she watches over the affairs of her household and does not eat the bread of idleness (verse 27).
But where does she find the strength and inspiration for such tireless effort? It’s important for us to understand that her diligence does not stem from an ambition for worldly gain or approval. Her passion comes from a deep well of reverence for the Lord.
The Bible encourages us to work with all of our heart as unto the Lord.
Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord. (Colossians 3:23)
Diligence in this context isn’t about perfection or overworking ourselves. It’s about being faithful stewards of the time, the gifts, and the responsibilities that God has entrusted to us.
Through the lens of diligence, every challenge becomes a steppingstone and every setback a call to rise, transforming ordinary moments into extraordinary milestones on our journey of faith.
You might be asking yourself, ‘How do I emulate this?’ It begins with prayer and a willingness to yield our lives to God’s will. We don’t just wake up saying that we’ll be transformed by the end of the week. We need the strength of the Holy Spirit to guide us and shape us in the way we should go.
In Luke 9:23, Jesus said, ““Whoever wants to be my disciple must deny themselves and take up their cross daily and follow me.” And so, we see that this process of transformation is a daily journey of surrender and diligence.
It’s not uncommon for many of us, particularly as women, to find ourselves comparing our lives to those of others around us. Social media, glossy magazine pages, and even our friends’ lives create a picture-perfect world we may feel pressured to match. We must remember, however, that we’re uniquely created to walk our own path. The life of a single person, for instance, will look vastly different from that of a stay-at-home mother.
And here’s where the heart of diligence comes into play. Being diligent doesn’t mean you’re following a one-size-fits-all mold of the Proverbs 31 Woman. It’s committing to faithfully walk the individual path God has laid out for you, and using your God-given gifts to bring honor to Him.
You are loved by an almighty God,
The Time-Warp Wife
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