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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Proverbs 31:10-31

10Who can find a virtuous woman? for her price is far above rubies. 11The heart of her husband doth safely trust in her, so that he shall have no need of spoil. 12She will do him good and not evil all the days of her life. 13She seeketh wool, and flax, and worketh willingly with her hands. 14She is like the merchants’ ships; she bringeth her food from afar. 15She riseth also while it is yet night, and giveth meat to her household, and a portion to her maidens. 16She considereth a field, and buyeth it: with the fruit of her hands she planteth a vineyard. 17She girdeth her loins with strength, and strengtheneth her arms. 18She perceiveth that her merchandise is good: her candle goeth not out by night. 19She layeth her hands to the spindle, and her hands hold the distaff. 20She stretcheth out her hand to the poor; yea, she reacheth forth her hands to the needy. 21She is not afraid of the snow for her household: for all her household are clothed with scarlet. 22She maketh herself coverings of tapestry; her clothing is silk and purple. 23Her husband is known in the gates, when he sitteth among the elders of the land. 24She maketh fine linen, and selleth it; and delivereth girdles unto the merchant. 25Strength and honour are her clothing; and she shall rejoice in time to come. 26She openeth her mouth with wisdom; and in her tongue is the law of kindness. 27She looketh well to the ways of her household, and eateth not the bread of idleness. 28Her children arise up, and call her blessed; her husband also, and he praiseth her. 29Many daughters have done virtuously, but thou excellest them all. 30Favour is deceitful, and beauty is vain: but a woman that feareth the LORD, she shall be praised. 31Give her of the fruit of her hands; and let her own works praise her in the gates. (KJV)

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