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verse 9: “It is better to live in a corner of a roof, Than in a house shared with a contentious woman.”
verse 19: “It is better to live in a desert land, Than with a contentious and vexing woman.”

Both these verses comment along similar lines, so I decided to address them together.

When I would watch some TV programs as a small child in the 1970’s, I was confused by a scene I would occasionally see. It’s the scene of the working father in the family; he would stop by the neighborhood bar for a few drinks on his way home from work. I always wondered why the dad on TV was not in a hurry to get home after leaving work. My father would come straight home after work, unless he had to pick up something at the hardware store. (I should note my father is not a drinker either.) I just didn’t understand.

As I got older, I would see or hear of married friends talk about when they got home from work and tackle issues of strife or argument the minute they walked in the door. I even occasionally experienced times like that in my own family; after a hard day at work, I walked in to hear from my wife about frustrating issues that needed dealing with. (I remember on occasion saying, “Can I get a “Hi dear, how are you?” first?” and smile.) Now, I’m not talking about fighting; we just both had hard days, stuff to take care of, and we both collided trying to take care of things when both were already tired. Now, we were not like those TV families. In retrospect, though, I began to wonder if that’s why that TV dad would stop off before going home.

Our homes should be a refuge from the noisy chaos of the outside world; sometimes it’s not. As Christians, we need to work hard to ensure that our family and our home are refuges from contentious squabbling that seems to intrude from the outside world. I once spoke with my father when work stresses had gotten me down; he surprised me by asking how things were at home. He later explained that, “if your home is taken care of, then you can take care of work and everything else.”

If you have a chance (and access to the words), read the lyrics of the old hymn God Give Us Christian Homes. May that be your prayer to God today!

Have a blessed day in Him.

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