THE ROLE OF THE WIFE
The role of the wife has drastically changed in the last 50 years in this nation. A wife was to primarily fulfill the role of helpmate to her husband and mother to her children, only venturing out of the bounds of the household to be involved in charity work. Essentially the only careers that were acceptable for a young lady in the fifties to pursue were those of teaching or nursing. The idealic roles of wife and mother, portrayed in the TV series like Ozzie and Harriet and The Donna Reed Show are humorously interpreted by our modern day society. Certainly "it is a shame to waste a good mind" as many of our brightest and best women today excel in the fields of accounting, architecture, engineering, law and medicine. I submit though that many women have allowed undue stress to be placed upon themselves as they attempt to balance their very jealous careers with their role as wife and mother.
In Genesis 2:18 God states that it is not good that man is to be alone and He makes a helper suitable, or comparable to him. A woman takes on the role of a helper when she marries. Susan Hunt has stated:
In our Bible study we will also examine two key scriptures, Titus 2:3-4 and 1 Timothy 5:14 that I believe sets the priorities of the role of the wife. There can be several temptations or traps that the woman may be susceptible to. The financial trap has become increasingly common as couples depend on that dual income to maintain their lifestyle. Where in the Bible does it say that the woman is to be the breadwinner, the provider, the protector? She is NOT to be an equivalent breadwinner. If you can not live on what your husband makes then you are living beyond your God given means. Harley, in his book, His Needs/Her Needs, How to Affair Proof a Marriage, chronicles affairs that stem from what I call the sexual temptation trap. We will discuss this issue further in the series under sex and marriage. And lastly there is an authority trap. Who should the wife in a challenging job submit to, her boss or her husband? In the work force there are other responsibilities, other time constraints that will pull you away from your family. God intends that you only be under your husband. There are no easy answers to some of these questions.
Husbands and wives, during your communication times this week read Proverbs 31:10-31 to each other.
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