Have you ever felt overwhelmed when you look at your calendar and see the marks of all the places you must be in the next week? Of all the appointments, meetings, and plans that lie before you? Someone has wisely said. “beware of the barrenness of a busy life.”
A person can be running all day long and not really accomplish anything worthwhile. We see this example in Proverbs 7:11b-12 “her (the foolish woman’s) feet abide not in her house: Now is she without, now in the streets, and lieth in wait at every corner.” As we watch the foolish woman in this part of the passage we see that she is stirred up. She’s running here, then there. Her feet do not stay in her own home. How will she accomplish what needs to be done there? As we talked about yesterday, she doesn’t accomplish anything there and now we see another reason why. This woman has a home, but she is not a keeper of it. She has a husband, she may have children, but that’s not her focus. She’s here and then there, always having to be involved in activities.
Our culture feeds this kind of frenzied life. Has it caught you up into it? Do you find yourself just always having to have something to do? Do you find yourself discontent at home? There’s nothing wrong with wholesome activities, but if we have to be doing something, our restlessness may be covering up a foolish heart.
In Proverbs 31 we find the virtuous woman going out and doing things, so what’s the difference between her and the foolish woman? When the virtuous woman is out of her home she’s looking for ways to benefit and serve her family, or the place in which God has given her to serve. Her priority is to bless her husband and children.
Proverbs 14:8 “The wisdom of the prudent is to understand his way.” As we consider our way today, let’s ask the Lord if our busyness is due to wisdom – or from foolishness instead.