Written By Joseph Spurgeon
“She is boisterous and rebellious, Her feet do not remain at home” (Proverbs 7:11)
The book of Proverbs gives a great picture of the difference between a godly woman and a wicked woman. One of the characteristics of the godly woman is that she “looks well to the ways of her household” (Proverbs 31:27). A godly woman’s primary focus is homeward. It is not that she is a slave to the kitchen or always cooped up in a house, but her primary focus is to the home. The industrious work that she does as a helper to her husband is in care of the household. She is a quiet, submissive, and diligent woman so that her husband can trust her while he is away taking dominion over the earth.
The wicked woman is not so. She is boisterous. She is rebellious, and she does everything she can to be away from the home. Her focus is outward even if she makes a big show of being homeward focused. She is given to malicious gossip, scorn for authority, and superstition. (Titus 2:3 instructs the older women to avoid these things and teach the younger to be workers at home.) Her husband should not trust her.
Now we are all aware of the blatant ways that our culture has encouraged woman to place their focus anywhere but the home. But even for women who are not pursuing the career ladder, there is a temptation to not have their feet remain at home.
Years ago that temptation was through day-time soap operas. Women could leave the home without ever leaving the home. They could get caught up in the manufactured drama, gossip and rebellion of the “Bold and the Beautiful.” They could live vicariously “Young and Restless” rebellion through the “Days of Their Lives.” But now Day Time Soaps ratings are plunging. Some media outlets have called Soap Operas “a dying genre.” Why is that?
Well, why watch manufactured drama when you can be a part of real drama on social media? You can keep your feet far from home while sitting in your living room on your cell phone. Some women can make a big show about being at home, while spending all their time on Facebook spreading malicious gossip, creating Facebook pages mocking pastors, older women, and other leaders and going from comment thread to comment thread blasting anyone who they disagree with. You can be a boisterous and rebellious regiment with your feet far from home on the Internet. You can live the “Young and Restless” for real. That is the way, however, of the wicked.
The wise woman can use social media in a way that maintains her gentle, quiet, and diligent spirit. She can show respect to and for authority. She can use social media in a way that honors God and causes her husband to say, “Many daughters have done nobly, but you excel them all.” She can use social media in a way that does not result in her feet constantly on the roam.
But let it be the hidden man of the heart, in that which is not corruptible, even the ornament of a meek and quiet spirit, which is in the sight of God of great price.
1 Peter 3:4