The Dangers of Taking Your Family for Granted

Proverbs 31:18 “She perceiveth that her merchandise [is] good:
her candle goeth not out by night.”

Today’s women face many challenges, but perhaps one of the greatest is being grateful every day for family and friends. Too often, women are told that they should “take time for themselves” and “find their own path.” As Sondra learns in the Parker Valley series, there is a time when sacrifice must come first in order to protect the family. As the woman in Proverbs 31 models for us, working hard to give the family what it needs is a noble calling. Taking your family for granted, on the other hand, can result in tragedy.

In Proverbs 31:18, the picture is of a woman who is hard at work all day and even long into the evening. She works hard because she wants to produce beautiful goods for her family. She is successful; that which she produced for her family in clothing, food and wealth was good and profitable.

However, there is a price to be paid for this bounty. “Candle” or “lamp” is to be understood literally. The same woman who planted the vineyard during the day is also weaving and working late at night. She will also rise early, before dawn, to prepare food. It is clear that her schedule starts before sunrise and ends late at night! However, she is happy to do this hard work because she wants to care for her household. This is the foremost priority of her life, not her own fun, pursuits or desires.

The Proverbs 31 woman protects what is her own. She appreciates her husband and her family and works to keep them happy. When you are taking your family for granted, you are looking down on the gifts God has placed in your life. Notice that this model woman “perceives that her merchandise is good.” You know deep in your heart that when you do what God has called you to do, you will receive satisfaction as never before and will find the “peace that passeth understanding,” even if you are tired by the hectic pace of family life!

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