Mom’s Devotional — Day Three
Proverbs 31:13-16 (emphasis on verse 13)
A wise woman works with willing hands.
When Sarah Thomas walked onto the field for Super Bowl LV, she became the first woman ever to referee the biggest football game of the year. Her day on the job made national headlines.
Many of us show up daily for jobs that feel far less exciting or noteworthy. When it comes to our career status, our role in the home, or any of the other assignments we’ve been given, there is a great temptation to feel resentful, discontented, or just plain worn out. Maybe you can relate.
Proverbs 31 describes a woman who is highly capable and incredibly busy. She rises early and goes to bed late. She works to provide for her household and is thoughtful in her business dealings. But look closely at the words in verse 13. She works with willing hands. This is an important detail because it reveals an attitude of the heart. She is not working through gritted teeth, full of resentment over what it is costing her.
The secret to finding joy, even in the most challenging or mundane work, is to remember for whom we toil. When we work for the recognition or approval of others, we will always end up disappointed. Instead, we work for the Lord and not for the eyes of man. (Col. 3:23). We know that the Lord sees our faithful diligence and that our reward is in Him.
Consider your work roles (career, home, volunteer, ministry, etc). How do you view the work you’ve been called to do? Turn to the Lord in repentance for any resentment that has crept in. Ask Him to give you willing hands and the strength to work diligently. Ask Him to show you any work that you have taken on that you need to release.