Be diligent to present yourself approved to God, a worker who does not need to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth. (2 Tim.2:15)
Seest thou a man diligent in his business? He shall stand before kings, he shall not stand before mean men. (Prov.22:29)
Diligence means careful hard work. Prudence means a good sense of judgment, doing the right thing at the right time.
The diligence of a virtuous woman is evident in the scripture outlined above. She combines wisdom with hard work. She uses her hands to work hard to provide food for her family including her maidservants. She does not eat the bread of idleness. She is very productive. She does not sit down at home to consume the husband. She actively contributes to the family upkeep even financially. She acts with knowledge. She knows where there is need and she seeks God to know what to do about it. She produces some goods with her hands and like merchant’s ships, she carries them from sale afar off, in exchange for what she needs at home and she come back with profit. That is prudence. That is wisdom applied.
She is very thoughtful and hardworking. Out of her profit, she buys a field and plants a vineyard, all for the family and not for selfish interest. No wonder, her husband does not have any lack of gain.
Diligence and prudence are necessary godly virtues not only for a married woman but for every woman no matter the age, social or marital status.
It is God’s requirements if we must please God at home and outside the home. Young or old, single or married, when a woman is diligent, she will not lack gain in her life, she will stand before kings not before mean men.
Deborah (Judg.4 and 5) was a woman who combined prayerfulness with diligence. That is real spiritually. She was a prophetess. She was very prayerful, yet that did not hinder her from playing her role as a wife to Lapidoth in every sense of it, otherwise the bible would have told us. Even though Lapidoth her husband seems unknown as far as the work of God is concerned, Deborah made him known and his name entered into the Holy scriptures. She was such a hard-working woman that she not only took care of her family but also took care of the people of God.