A quick refresher:
Good ol’ King James translates it as “keepers at home”. Other versions are similar: “homemakers”, “workers at home”, “busy at home”.
What are we to imagine from these words of Paul laying out the curriculum to be taught by older women to younger women? Is this a clear guideline of activity? How many hours must be logged to qualify as “busy at home?” Busy doing what? “Workers at home” — is this a recommendation of cottage industry? Some may think so.
Years ago God began to turn my heart toward home. Verses like this one and Proverbs 31 began to convict me regarding heart investment. Jesus said, “Where your treasure is, there will your heart be also.” Not rich in dollars, my greatest treasure in that season consisted of time and energy. (I still think that is my greatest treasure, even when money may be more abundant.) The challenge came: Where was such wealth being invested? Was it at home? Scripture was clear. If I wanted my heart to be at home, I needed to invest treasure there.
The American home is experiencing a frontal assault from the enemy. He is determined to undermine this fundamental building block of Judeo-Christian society by destroying our appreciation for the importance of a healthy home and stripping us of a fundamental understanding of its function and structure. It is time to reclaim hearth and home for Him.
Last month we looked at the strange woman in Proverbs, discovering that she had little or no interest in home. Her feet were wandering and she was found everywhere but home. Contrarily, in Titus 2 we see an admonition to be “keepers at home”. What’s the deal? Why is this important? Why is there a need to remind women to be making a home, busily working there?
Apparently this is not a new dilemma. Perhaps it is a bit more rampant in certain times and places, but it is an age old problem about which to be warned and taught. But back to the question: Why? Why does God want us to make homes, to be the wise woman who builds her house? (Proverbs 14.1 “The wise woman builds her house, But the foolish pulls it down with her hands.”)
Let’s consider Genesis for a moment. God created Adam. Adam needed a helpmeet. Eve was created from his side. Then they got down to business. The proliferation of humanity began with their union. This union of man and wife resulted in children; they became a mom and dad. Family was created. This was a fulfillment of His command: “Be fruitful and multiply.” It was His idea.
He established an order for this new-fangled thing called family by investing authority through the husband, commanding him to love his wife and calling her to respect her husband. This was family, home, the unit of society ordained by God. It is not of man’s own making; we did not design this, we cannot improve this, we should not seek to replace this. We, as a culture and as individuals, would be wise to heed the scriptural command to “keep home”.
Someone needs to be that “keeper”, that maker, that builder, that maintainer. That someone is the woman.
Observation of today’s American culture reveals a failure to readily heed His plan. There is a blatant disregard for those who “make homes”. Everywhere one looks there is a flagrant denial of His plan as good, a flippant “no thank you” to His ways regarding this thing called home and family.
This call to be a homemaker is no small thing, no unimportant task. A fundamental practice, its value and necessity stand in opposition to the popular notion that homemaking is menial and outdated. Instead the scriptures as well as various studies indicate that keeping home is of paramount importance.
Hence the frontal assault. Let’s face it, this assault isn’t new to our generation. Satan was there from the get-go, tempting and seducing Eve, drawing Adam into disobedience, seeking to derail God’s plan. This is not new. But it is real. And it is serious.
Next time we will consider God’s purpose for the home, discovering the power of a home used for His glory. No wonder the enemy is set against such a place!