Wisdom at work (Proverbs 31:10-31)

Andrew Cornes, June 26, 2016
Part of the True Wisdom series, preached at a Souls at 7

WISDOM IN OUR WORKING LIVES
PROVERBS 31: 10-31

The best example in Proverbs is a working woman

A. WHY DO WE WORK?

1. For our family (15, 21, 23, 27)
A natural instinct which Proverbs commends

2. For the money/profit (16, 18, 24)
See also 10:4
We need not be ashamed of working to make money
But beware of being over-concerned with money: 23:4-5

3. To provide for others (15, 24, 20)
For people we employ, for people with whom we do business,
for the poor
See also 11:16

4. For security and comfort (21, 22, 25)
The desire for these is fully compatible with fearing the Lord (30)
But beware of self-indulgence: 21:17

B. HOW DO WE WORK?

1. Carefully (13, 16)
See also 21:5
Carefulness brings financial rewards

2. Joyfully (13)
It is a blessing if we can find joy in our work

3. Working hard (15, 17, 18, 27)
See also 14:23
Beware of laziness at work: 24:30-34

4. Honestly (30)
See also 20:10, 14, 17, 23; 21:6
Summed up in 16:8

Why are you in your job?
What kind of worker are you?

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