A Woman’s Place in Building a Home – According to the Bible
Verses to consider:
“She looketh well to the ways of her household, and eateth not the bread of idleness” (Proverbs 31:27).
“That they may teach the young women to be sober, to love their husbands, to love their children,
To be discreet, chaste, keepers at home, good, obedient to their own husbands, that the word of God be not blasphemed” (Titus 2:2-5).
“I will therefore that the younger women marry, bear children, guide the house, give none occasion to the adversary to speak reproachfully” (1 Timothy 5:14).
Above, I have listed some verses that define a woman’s role as the manager of the home – responsible for taking care of and making the home a nesting place for her family.
In today’s world, there is a battle about women being feminists. Women want to be equal with men at every standard. Women today do not want theri roles to be distinguished from men, nor men’s role from women. The idea is that whatever men can do, women can do, too, or do even better.
I on the other hand, believe that God created men and women with distinct roles and different backbones to carry out the tasks He plans for them. This is not to say that men are better than women or women than men. Also, it is not saying that both genders have ABSOLUTELY NO rights to touch each other’s roles. Rather, it is just saying that God uses different genders to glorify Him in different ways.
The creation story alone amazingly defines God’s divine purpose for creating different roles for different genders. It depicts that God created men outside of the garden and women within its boundries!
The verses mentioned above clearly reveals God’s plan for women to be homemakers. Keep in mind, though, that building a home is not all about decorating, organizing, and cleaning like “there is no tomorrow”! I look at it as her being the manager, planner, and moreover the nester of the home. Sometimes when I ask my husband for an idea about decorating the home, he may say, “I don’t know, you are the homemaker”! My response is usually something like this, “Yes, but that does not mean you cannot give me ideas:) But when he has ideas, they are usually great ones! And he helps me, too:)
My point is, I believe that God wants women to cultivate a place of warmth, welcome, richness in love and unity, and comfort in the home. Nancy Leigh DeMoss along with Mary A. Kassian compares the woman’s place in the home to a mother Sea eider to her children. She choses the most delicate feathers from her body to make a nest for her little ones and to provide comfort, warmth, and snugness.
“The beautiful nesting practice of female birds mirrors the precious capability that God gave women. He created women with a remarkable capicity to create an environment conducive to welcoming and nuturing life. Women are specially equipped to make a house into a home” (Kassian & DeMoss, 2012, pg. 80).
Kassian, M. A. & DeMoss N. L. (2012). True Woman 101. Chicago, IL: Moody Publishers.