She seeks wool and flax,
And willingly works with her hands.
– Proverbs 31:13 (NKJV)
This woman gets up, and goes out herself to carefully select the wool and flax she sees fit for her household. What does that mean for us a s 21st century women you might think?
Well let’s look at the Hebrew meaning of seek: darash (dä·rash’), meaning to tread a place with the feet, to apply oneself, to resort to, seek with care, enquire, require, to consult, seek God, study, to ask for, consulted (only of God), to be sought, to be required (of blood).
I believe that we need to seek God and consult with him what we ought to look for or purchase for our household. I don’t think God wants us to just take the next best thing, or whatever might work for the moment. We are God’s children, therefore we are royalty and I believe women are commissioned by God, since he gave us a sense for beauty and a discerning spirit, to choose what’s good, what’s pleasing, what’s lovely and pure.
Then the biblical author goes on saying that the woman works willingly with her hands. Wow! Let’s look at the word willingly in Hebrew, chephets (khā’·fets) it stands for delight, pleasure, desire, longing. And it derives from the root word chaphets (khä·fāts’) to delight in, take pleasure in, desire, be pleased with, to move, bend down.
She doesn’t have to be convinced, or forced, no she finds pleasure in the work she knows she’s called to do. That doesn’t mean that it’s always enjoyable or easy work. But that no matter how hard the task set before her is or how long it might take; she desires to do it because she knows the lasting value and reward it will have on her and her family.
The definition of the word hand in Hebrew, kaph (kaf), means palm, power, objects, bending objects. It stems from the root word kaphaph (kä·faf’) to bend, bend down, bow down, be bent, be bowed.
So we not only ought to work willingly but also with power. I believe once we are willing to do the work God has called us to do and we step out in faith and put action to it we allow God to step in and help us. Now the ‘work of our hands’ is joined with God’s power living in us and the supernatural kicks in to where all glory goes to God. All it takes is for us is to be willing to use our hands even when we feel weak and insufficient.
But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me.
– 2. Corinthians 12:9