From The Redeeming Time Devotional Series
Today I’m sharing devotion number six in the Redeeming Time Devotional Series: Her Lamp Does Not Go Out At Night.
Here goes today’s devotion on this Blog and on the Podcast.
Her Lamp Does Not Go Out At Night – S2 E6
She dresses herself with strength and makes her arms strong. She perceives that her merchandise is profitable. Her lamp does not go out at night. – Proverbs 31:17-18
As mums, we are often busy: looking after our children, doing housework, carrying out church or ministry commitments, doing voluntary work, the list goes on. We don’t need to be told that we need to work! After all, we do it all the time.
I believe, however, that there’s a difference between industrious commitment to doing God’s will, and hustling around creating work for ourselves without first asking for God’s direction.
Let me explain: sometimes we can work simply with the intention of being productive, or to seem busy, or to fill up our time, without really considering if that particular project is God’s will for us at that particular moment in time.
As Christian women, we can sometimes feel guilty if we’re not involved in every single activity and ministry out there. After all, church ministries are good.
When we look at Jesus’ life, however, we see that He did not hustle around trying to end all the world’s problems or being involved in everything. Jesus focused on doing the work God gave Him to do: executing God’s salvation plan, and revealing to us who He is as God’s Son.
When we read Paul’s letter to the Corinthians, we also see that the church is comprised of different members with different gifts, functions, and callings.
So my encouragement to you is that you submit all your plans to God, gain direction from Him as to the work He has for you to do, and then – just like the Proverbs 31 woman – work with all your might.
Questions for reflection
- Are there any current projects you are working on which you know you haven’t surrendered to God for His direction?
- Are there any distractions that are pulling you away from the work God has called you to do as a mother?
Lord, help us as mothers to focus on what You’ve called us to do and not live under guilt or the stress of trying to do it all. I pray that You would enable us to do Your will and live for Your Kingdom first. Amen.