Daily Reflections

Household Responsibilities

April 12, 2024 Nancy DeMoss Wolgemuth

She watches over the activities of her household. —Proverbs 31:27

The description of the Proverbs 31 woman can be a bit intimidating, even for the most energetic, gifted woman. But the thing that stands out is not so much all the things she does but the fact that she consistently demonstrates a heart to serve her family and others—all grounded in her reverence for God.

The Old Testament praises the woman who “watches over the ways of her household” while the New Testament instructs her to be working “at home” (Titus 2:5). The idea is essentially the same.

In essence, “working at home” indicates “an efficient management of household responsibilities.” 1 It’s the same concept as Proverbs 31:27. A woman’s job of running the home isn’t to run herself ragged doing everything herself but to ensure that what needs to be done gets done. Doing a good job of managing her home is one of the most important “good works” the Lord wants a woman to do.

1 T.D. Lea and H.P. Griffin, 1, 2 Timothy, Titus: An Exegetical and Theological Exposition of Holy Scripture, vol. 34, New American Commentary (Nashville: Broadman, 1992), 300–301.


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Make it Personal

What does it mean to watch over the ways of your household? Why is this important whether you work outside the home or not?