There’s a verse in Proverbs that I learned as a teenager.  I think my parents wanted me to learn a good work ethic – and rightly so.  Today I think it has a lot to say to the diligent wife as well.

Lazy hands make for poverty, but diligent hands bring wealth.  Proverbs 10:4

Although the verse addresses our careers and finances, it also is about your marriage.

If you are lazy in your marriage, you will have a poor union.  A lackluster relationship.  A marriage that’s more of a drain than a fresh spring.

Thankfully on the other hand, if you are diligent as a wife, you will have a wealthy marriage.

A wealth of love.

A wealth of warmth.

A wealth of joy.

What does it mean to be diligent?

Diligent = characterized by steady, earnest, and energetic effort

Are you steady, earnest and energetic in your efforts as a wife?

That’s challenging isn’t it?  But let me add something that I read from Carol Kent.  It’s a quote by Leonard Ravenhill,

The question isn’t ‘Were you challenged?’ The question is: ‘Were you changed?’

The Bible doesn’t just challenge us.  It changes us.

Here’s Proverbs 10:4 in a different version:

A slack hand causes poverty, but the hand of the diligent makes rich.

Purpose in your heart this week that you will be diligent as a wife.  You will give 100 percent of yourself to getting to know your husband and meeting his needs.  Don’t worry – as you do this – he will return the favor.  And if he doesn’t (yet), God will make sure your needs are met.

The hand of the diligent wife will be made rich!

Arlene Pellicane

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