Is Anybody Home?

“Rightly dividing the word of truth.” 2 Timothy 2:15
We recognize that circumstances in the modern world sometimes make it more difficult [for a mother to be in the home full-time]. When families live in areas where the cost of living is high, sometimes the wife feels that she too must get a job outside the home in order to make ends meet. Other adverse circumstances, such as the inability of the husband and father to go out to work, or even his not being present at all, can make it even more difficult for a mother to fulfill her role as Scripture intended. As has often been remarked, Scripture is not written as a legal book, to cover every possible detail in life; but rather it is a book of principles that must be applied in various circumstances in communion with the Lord and with the guidance of His Spirit. If our hearts are right before Him and there is a sincere wish to walk in the light of His Word, I believe we will find that He is able to make a way for us.
The wisdom of this world, especially in Western countries, is more and more against this role [of keepers at home] for women, and man fails to see that the rising tide of evil, the increasing delinquency of children, and the disobedience and disorder in public schools can, at least in part, be traced back to the lack of a mother’s presence in the home. It is easy for Christian women to fall into this kind of thinking, as they are bombarded with it from every side. But we must remember that we are never wiser than Scripture. The wisdom of God as revealed in His Word not only honors God, but ultimately brings happiness, too.
— W.J. Prost. “A Virtuous Woman” The Christian Jan. 2010.