Today is Monday, right? Oh boy, did I drop the ball! I guess I had an extra long weekend. So, we are on to our next verse –
Proverbs 31:12 She does him good and not evil. All the days of her life.
This sure doesn’t square with soap operas, does it? I used to watch 3 a day, every day. And this was before DVR’ing was possible – if you didn’t see it when it aired, you didn’t see it. I put my kids down for naps at noon, and expected them to sleep (or play quietly) until the last one was over. When I look back on that, I think, “Wow, what a waste of time that was.” And it’s a bummer for me. What if I’d spent that time praying for my children? What if I’d spent that time cleaning my house, or cooking for dinner? What if I’d spent that time exercising? I know the ‘what ifs’ are a downhill slope, and we shouldn’t visit them, but sometimes I do. The trick is to turn it around into something for today. Do I have a time waster today? Can I turn it into something more productive? The answers are yes and yes.
So, let’s take our verse apart –
She does – This is a verb, which means it’s an action. It’s something you physically do. Some of the English words that make up the meaning of this Hebrew word are: do good, dealt bountifully, served, yielded. I see those as beautiful words, and descriptive of someone who has a servants heart. This is not to be confused with a ‘maids’ heart. Jesus had a servants heart when he washed the feet of the disciples. He chose this heart attitude – to humble Himself and take on a servants heart.
him good – This Hebrew word towb is packed full of meaning. I mean like explosion packed. It’s an adjective (describes) and also a masculine and feminine noun. I couldn’t pick out any 2-3 words, so here is the whole shebang:
good (as an adjective) in the widest sense; used likewise as a noun, both in the masculine and the feminine, the singular and the plural (good, a good or good thing, a good man or woman; the good, goods or good things, good men or women), also as an adverb (well):—beautiful, best, better, bountiful, cheerful, at ease, × fair (word), (be in) favour, fine, glad, good (deed, -lier, -liest, -ly, -ness, -s), graciously, joyful, kindly, kindness, liketh (best), loving, merry, × most, pleasant, pleaseth, pleasure, precious, prosperity, ready, sweet, wealth, welfare, (be) well(-favoured).
not evil – Using the word evil, in my mind means something extra horrible. And I can say, “I would never do something extra horrible to my husband!” But it encompasses much more than overt evil: mischief, hurt, wickedness, noisome, affliction, grievous. That pretty much covers just about anything negative.
all the days – This seemed pretty simple to me. For the rest of her life, right? Until death do us part? Well, yes, but also all the days – a literal day from sunrise to sunset. Daily. Continually.
of her life – And this one is as it says. Just a little more – the word is also used when referring to fresh, alive, lively. (Somehow those words don’t do much for my memory of watching 3 hrs of tv a day, couch potato – nothing lively there!)
There is a difference between existing and being alive. If we live in Jesus, there is joy.