Monday, June 04, 2012

Homeschooling by Faith Part 1--God's Promises

This is the second post in my homeschooling by Faith series. (The introduction is here.) These are a series of talks I gave at a Classical Conversations practicum to homeschooling parents. I find reading through these notes that they are not good writing because speaking and writing are two completely different platforms. It's hard to read someone's speaking notes and learn from them. But here they are anyway.
For the earth will be filled with the knowledge of the glory of the LORD as the waters cover the sea. Habakkuk 2:14
What does this verse have to do with homeschooling?

The Lord is using a dramatic word picture with us. Think of a giant map of the world with a little dot placed everywhere there is a family filled with the knowledge of God. Back when Habakkuk wrote this grand and glorious promise, the world map of the knowledge of the glory of the Lord didn't have much breadth to it. Centered around the land of Israel, the glory of the Lord was well-known, but the rest of the world languished in darkness, separated from their creator and the redemption offered in the promise of a messiah.

This promise in Habakkuk is looking forward to the new covenant where the map is so covered with dots that you can’t even see the map underneath. If we were using blue dots, it would look like the ocean because the knowledge of God is so expansive.

God is telling us this is what He is doing in the world. This is HIS VISION. When we set out as the goal of our homeschool: “To know God and to make Him known” we are cooperating with His vision of the world. When we pray that He would bless our efforts to know Him and make Him known through our homeschool, we are praying according to His promises.

Charles Spurgeon wrote:
 “Nothing pleases our Lord better than to see His promises put in circulation; He loves to see His children bring them up to Him and say, “Lord, do as you have said.” We glorify God when we plead His promises.”
Isn’t it harder to ask someone for something when you are pretty sure they are going to say no? Isn’t it easy to ask something of God when you have confidence that He wants to give it?

One time our little Abigail came up to me and said in her sweet little voice, "Mom, do you think I could have my own Bible?" How do you think I felt about answering that request? Doesn't your heart just go out to your child when they ask you for something like that? That was such an easy decision for me. I didn't have to sit there and weigh the pros and cons of whether or not a Bible would be good for my child. This request of hers was fully in line with my desires for her, so it didn't take me but a second to answer with: "Of course, I'd love to get you your very own Bible." 

How do you think the Father feels when we come before Him with our plans for our children and our homeschool year and we say, "Above all, I pray that my kids would know you, that we as parents would know you, and that you would use us to make you known." He loves to answer that prayer.

Jesus told us that it is the Father's good pleasure to give us the kingdom (Luke 12:32). He wants this for us. He loves to see us rely on Him from day to day and ask Him for things He already wants to give us (Mt 7:11). 

So much of what Jesus taught about was to instill within us a reliance on the goodness of the Father.

As we parent our children and homeschool, we are in need of more than just methods, we need hope.

We need hope in a good Father who loves to give good gifts to His children, most especially His Holy Spirit (Luke 11:13). And, we need a renewed vision of the Father's love of working through families. This is the inspiration we need to continue through difficult times and bland times. We need to be homeschooling by faith. 

What Does Faith Look Like? Stay tuned for part 2.

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