She sees that her profits are good, and her lamp never goes out at night. (Proverbs 31:18 HCSB)
I think we’re beginning to see a trend here. The writer of the Proverbs 31 Woman really stresses just how hard she works. In this verse, we find her counting money that she’s likely earned from the clothing she sows, discovering it’s a good amount, and then she stays up late. Doing what? Working.
This verse isn’t saying she stays up late reading fiction novels, or watching a tv show. We can rightly assume she is still cleaning, or preparing for tomorrow’s breakfast, sowing more clothes, or praying.
Whatever this woman does even in the late hours is profitable. The Proverbs 31 Woman is not a time-waster. She utilizes every hour for good. Whether it’s gardening, washing clothes, or selling garments, she’s getting something important done for her family. This woman is notably sacrificial, and apparently, such women are difficult to find.
The mark of a powerful Proverbs 31 Woman is resourcefulness. She wakes up in the morning, and I’m sure after spending intimate time with the Lord, she’s off to work. Time is valuable to her, and she despises wasting it. She makes sure she gets as much done before she goes to sleep as she can. Laziness is foreign to her. She is on a mission to serve God by greatly sacrificing for her family.
This kind of holy determination is so pleasing to God. As we see, He blessed her with “good” profit. There are many a verse about the rewards of the diligent. And it’s not just wives God expects to be diligent and hardworking, but all of His children.
The Proverbs 31 Woman is an example even single sisters should imitate. Use your time wisely, serve zealously, and honor your Heavenly Father.
Proverbs 31 Woman Prayer
Abba, in Jesus’ name, thank You for Your Word, and thank You for Your Spirit who teaches me. Please help me to use my time effectively for your kingdom’s sake, and to always work hard and not grow weary in doing good. Help me honor You with My diligence. Amen.