Do You ‘Rise’ to the Occasion?

Proverbs 31:15 “She riseth also while it is yet night,
and giveth meat to her household, and a portion to her maidens.”

One of the things you quickly notice about the woman described in Proverbs’ last chapter is that she is not a sleepy-head! She gets up early and sees that her family and her workers are fed. Her first concern is the welfare of her family. In order to have the food prepared for the family each day, she had to rise before dawn to begin the work, which she would do gladly. Proverbs 31 describes a woman willing to rise to the occasion. This same character is embodied in Sondra of the Parker Valley series by Candace Mann, and is a goal to which we should all strive.

The woman described in Proverbs 31 is not lazy. In fact, she puts everyone else’s needs before her own comfort. Instead of sleeping in because she is wealthy, she is the first one to arise and to ensure that everyone in her family and workplace has what they need. The woman described here is not a servant; she is the head of a large household that included those whose business it was to tend to her comfort. However, despite the fact that she had maids to wait on her, she was up even earlier than they were to be sure that they would have enough to eat. She treated even the lowliest person in her home with respect and tended to those people’s needs just as she did her own children’s.

This verse brings to mind some of our Christian teachers and business women. No matter how busy they are, they make time to display God’s love for family, friends and colleagues. They are the first to arrive and the last to leave, and they work hard in between. They are the embodiment of the woman described in Proverbs 31 and always rise to the occasion! Just as the Parker Valley series gives us a glimpse of what unselfish devotion to duty looks like in a Christian woman, Proverbs 31 should bring to mind those who sacrifice their own comfort, rest and relaxation to be sure that the rest of us have what we need. Thank God for Christian women who are not afraid to risk their own comfort to be sure that we are all taken care of!

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