A Wise Woman Builds Her Home
But a home is not just the sum of its order and beauty. Even on those days when chaos reigns, a home is truly defined by the spirit that reigns within it. In Bible times, a woman was responsible for keeping the hearth fire burning at all times, as it was vital for food, warmth, and light. It was, in a sense, imperative to life itself. To “keep the home fires burning,” so to speak, she had to be a keeper at home in the purest sense! Letting her hearth fires die brought embarrassment upon her home, for she would then have to walk through her village balancing a fireless brazier atop her head for all to see, and beg for another woman to have mercy and “heap coals of fire on (her) head.” (Romans 12:20)
Indeed, the phrase “keeper at home” in Titus describes a most crucial role in the preservation of the family, more extreme in import than a modern reader might assume. Yet it remains true even today that when a woman turns away from her hearth fires, the choicest venue of her service to the Lord lies cold and dark. But when she diligently tends her hearth, she blesses Him by creating the most appealing and treasured spot on His earth – a home away from our true home in Heaven; a warm, magnetic center of life for those He places in her care. Light shines forth from it, and all within are nurtured and content. If we are wise, we will build such a joyous haven!
Although our fallen culture may not esteem this as the choice role of a wise woman, Christ Himself now honors our role, for He said: “In my Father’s house are many mansions… I go to prepare a place for you.” (John 14:2) Let us find great encouragement in this thought, that as we endeavor to make pleasant temporal homes for our loved ones, He makes a perfect eternal home for us, a home where joys shall never end.
Lynn Pyles Bruce