An Idea Borrowed

Years ago on a radio program someone shared that they read a chapter in Proverbs every day. Since there are 31 chapters and the longest month has 31 days it allows you to read through Proverbs on a regular basis. I use it as the launch pad for my personal worship time and branch out from there. On this blog I will try to share some of the insights I have in the Word. I will try to organize them in the archive by reference.

Friday, August 31, 2012

The Bread of Idleness

(Proverbs 31:27 KJV)  She looketh well to the ways of her household, and eateth not the bread of idleness.

This passage is about the excellent wife of verse 10 but the character traits are the kind that every believer should have.  They are not exclusively for married women.

We are not to “eat” (398) the “bread” (3899) of “idleness” (6104).  I like that phrase.  It says something to us.  This seems to be the only place this phrase, “the bread of idleness” occurs in the NASB.

The bread of idleness applies to able bodied people who refuse to carry their own weight.  They sit around and expect others to provide for them.  Everyone in the family has a role to play in making the family work.  Even children have a place in doing the simple things that teach them to give and not just take.

Currently the economy is putting many out of work.  Some have real limitations.  That is not the  bread of idleness but hone your awareness because it can easily become that.

So?  As far as you are able, be a giver, not a taker.  It can change your world.  It can change you.

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