“She watches over the activities of her household and is never idle.” Proverbs 31:27
Greetings all! I hope you know you are ALL valued and immensely relevant to the cause of Christ.
I learned a valuable lesson today. I pray that as we progress in our lifelong journey of becoming more and more like Christ we resolve to NEVER stop growing and knowing we must change if we want to be more like Him. I witnessed an appalling behavior by someone which would have immediately turned me off, never desiring to say two words to them. But I was shocked when the person then went out of their way to be helpful to us and I realized I was shutting myself off from ministering if I was going to continue to allow someone’s brashness to decide if I would engage with them or not. Lord, help us to always see beyond our own point of view.
Let’s check out the verse above. The word ‘idle’ here literally means ‘does not eat the bread of idleness’.
What I personally don’t care for much in the 2 Timothy 3:6 verse is when it describes how ungodly people will “worm their way into households and “capture idle women burdened down with sins, led along by a variety of passions.” I so dislike the implications of this verse that I organized a prayer group meeting intent on beseeching the Lord to revive us to His purposes. I pray we honor the Lord in such a way that He does just that…REVIVE us. Help us, Lord, to see YOUR point of view, Your will, Your heart.
The word ‘passions’ in 2 Timothy means, ‘desires, craving, longing, or lust’. If we allow these ‘passions’ to lead us we can expect to be corrupted and polluted by them. But there is help. The divine nature equips us to escape this corruption (2 Peter 1:4) and the desires of the flesh that pollute (2 Peter 2:10). If we wish to progress further with the Lord we must not possess this sort of folly (2 Timothy 3:9).
We are even warned about the iniquity of Sodom which was pride, their fullness with bread, and their abundance of idleness (Ezekiel 16:49). And 2 Thessalonians 3:6 tells us to keep away from those who are idle and disruptive and not live according to the Word.
There is good news. We will fill ourselves with something so instead of foolishly filling ourselves with the ‘bread of idleness’ we unreservedly can fill ourselves with the bread of life (John 6:22, 35, 48).
We absolutely can be people devoted to God’s purposes in the earth as opposed to being devoted to momentary folly which has no eternal purpose. Help me Lord to not be burdened down with sin, led along by passions outside of Your will for my life, and filled with my own opinions which can hinder me from Your purposes.
In His grace,