Homeschooling: A Spiritual Exploit
- 2010 22 Feb
"...but the people that do know their God shall be strong and do exploits" Daniel 11:32b
Is it wrong to expect great things from your homeschooling? As you pour yourself into your children's education, putting self aside and sacrificing your own interests, are you being presumptuous to anticipate worthwhile results? Day after day you make teaching your children a priority and homeschooling a lifestyle, often times wondering, "Will there be a redeeming reward for all this effort?"
If you are a Christian and believe that homeschooling is a conviction from the Lord, the answer is "Yes"! God promises in Daniel 11:32b "...but the people that do know their God shall be strong and do exploits." Exploits, according to Webster's dictionary, are "noteworthy acts or deeds." They are actions that are out of the ordinary and make others take notice. It is something that occurs aside from the mainstream of life, usually going against the norm or natural tendency of man.
Spiritual exploits, however, are not easily or randomly accomplished. They are only achieved in the Lord's strength. If an "exploit" is entered into for the purpose of bringing honor and glory to God, and if it is initiated through a prompting of the Holy Spirit, then it WILL have God's grace and power.
The key, however, to strength in exploits, is knowing God, and having a personal relationship with Him through His Son, Jesus Christ. Then, as you spend daily time in His Word, you will hear His voice and discern His Will.
It is interesting that homeschooling was initially started as a Christian movement, one which parents entered out of a conviction to assume total responsibility for their children's education. They stepped out in faith, alone, leaning completely on the Lord for guidance. It was a pioneer movement attempting to return to God's original plan for the family.
And now the world is taking notice because they see the Lord's blessings. Homeschooling families are closer bonded. There is a greater respect for authority. Parents are better motivators due to personal interest. The atmosphere of home is more conducive to learning due to lack of peer pressure or time limits. The choice of curriculum can be Christ centered and individually geared for each child. Most importantly, since Dad and Mom are the God-given spiritual authority, it is through them that the Lord will most clearly direct and give guidance concerning their child's direction in His Will. Having daily, consistent contact with their child will more clearly open their eyes to their son's and daughter's strengths and weaknesses, allowing them to be more specific in areas of prayer and concern.
If you believe that homeschooling is the Lord's Will for your family, why shouldn't you expect success?
"According to your faith, be it unto you." (Matthew 9:29)
Believing that the Lord has called you into homeschooling, know also that His Hand is upon it! God does not will that a work which He initiated, fail. He only asks that you walk in His ways, heed His guidance, and "be strong in the grace that is in Christ Jesus" (II Tim. 2:1). Then expect that the "exploits" of homeschooling will produce the results that God desires - having an impact on the world for Christ!
*This article first published April 7, 2007.
Maribeth Spangenberg is wife to Steve, homeschooling mother of nine children, and happy, new grandmother to one granddaughter. She considers it a blessing and a ministry to be able to encourage other mothers and homeschoolers to "stay the course"!