Welcome to week two! You’ve made it! Week one is done! I hope you enjoyed it.
Make sure to check out this week’s study resources at Women Living Well.
This week’s Bible verse is Proverbs 7:2
Let’s S.O.A.K. it up!
Proverbs 6: 16-19
There are six things the Lord hates, seven that are detestable to him: haughty eyes, a lying tongue, hands that shed innocent blood, a heart that devises wicked schemes, feet that are quick to rush into evil, a false witness who pours out lies and a person who stirs up conflict in the community.
Sluggard = someone who refuses to work and whose desires are not met.
Ant = works from morning to night preparing for the future and taking care of the tasks that need to be done. No one makes the ant work; it does it on its own.
7 things the Lord detests
- Haughty eyes – disdainfully proud, snobbish, scornfully arrogant. They reflect a proud heart and God will judge them.
- Lying tongue – deceitfulness
- Hands that shed innocent blood
- A heart that devises wicked schemes
- Feet that are quick to rush into evil
- A false witness
- A man who stirs up dissension among brothers
Later in Proverbs 16 we will read that “idle hands are the devils workshop”. But that is also the theme of the first part of chapter 6.
It starts out warning us to be like the ant and prepare. We are to be constantly preparing ourselves (heart, mind, body, soul, and spirit) for the future. We are to be storing up our “treasures” in heaven. Working for God’s kingdom in our home, community, country, and world. All without prompting or nagging from God. To many times I hear, “I’m waiting for God’s direction for me in ministry” as an excuse for someone not volunteering or spreading God’s word. Well, we have all already had that calling! Remember the great commission? Go unto all the world…. Does God want you to share His good news with someone? YES!!!!! We don’t have to wait for his answer, he already told us!!!!! He isn’t going to say “no, don’t tell that person about my love”!
What does that look like?
For everyone it may be different. A mother might be sharing the love of Christ with her family by simple daily tasks such as laundry, meals, house keeping. Father’s may be sharing it by loving their wife as Christ loved the church. For those in the workplace it may be stopping someone from gossip or not laughing at a crude joke. Children may share his love by seeking out the less popular kids and sitting with them at lunch. For everyone and every situation the act of “storing up provisions” may look or be different. The bottom line is that we are continuing to work!
When we slack off we become lazy and sin creeps in. Proverbs 6 points out seven ways that the devil uses sluggard hands. If we are busy doing Christ work then we can’t be trapped into doing Satan’s work!
Kneeling in prayer:
Lord, help us to always keep our hearts and hands busy doing your kingdom work so that we may not slip into the trap of becoming a sluggard. May you always find me busy and preparing myself and those you love for your kingdom.