Better a dry crust with peace and quiet than a house full of feasting, with strife.
As I think on this verse, I am reminded of days when we seem to be on the go non-stop. Household affairs are not taken care of as they should be, family members tend to be more tired and less patient… which gets everyone else less patient.
I think of families that trade out a more simple lifestyle with less things, less extravagant (convenience) food and less activities for a hectic, fast paced life, which often comes with more stress and more strife.
When things get out of balance in our home and relationships get tense, it is usually because we’ve gotten too busy with too many activities or have placed our affections on things that will not bring us peace, but rather brings a temporal satisfaction.
When home life is filled with strife, rather than peace, it cripples the family from being truly effective outside the home, whether it be at our jobs, in our communities and especially in our churches. Stress and contention robs us of our joy and strength.
Give me a piece of dry bread to fill my hunger and a home filled with love and compassion; then I will be strong enough handle what comes my way!