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.

Thursday, January 31, 2013

Cottage Industry

(Proverbs 31:24 KJV)  She maketh fine linen, and selleth it; and delivereth girdles unto the merchant.

This gives us a little picture window into life as it should be.  Remember that this lady is described as a “virtuous woman” (KJV) or an “excellent wife” (NASB).  Again we see her generating income.  This is cottage industry and it is praised.  This is small business and it is given as an example.

It is assumed that she is doing this work herself.  There is no mention of sweat shops or employees.  Earlier it talked about her household and her maidens but there is no mention of that here.

Small business is given good press in the scripture.  This is free enterprise.  This is buying and selling in a free market.  It does not rule out large business.  This is a positive, not a negative.  The Bible does talk about economics and we do not find socialism and government control. 

So?  Be a faithful hard working citizen of earth and heaven.  Find a way to be productive whether you are an employee or the boss. 

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