There is a way that seems right to a man,
But its end is the way of death.
When God says, “He who walks with wise men will be wise, but the companion of fools will be destroyed,” do we believe Him? Or do we follow the wisdom of man believing instead that our children need the companionship of age-mates and the formation by peers to become properly “socialized”?
When God says, “Train up a child in the way he should go, and when he is old he will not depart from it,” do we believe Him? Or do we take a more hands-off approach following worldly wisdom which suggests that children need to “find their own way.” Do we freely and willingly abdicate our training responsibilities to others – perhaps even others who will not train them in the way they should go?
When God says, “And you, fathers, do not provoke your children to wrath, but bring them up in the training and admonition of the Lord,” do we believe Him? Or do we expect too much too soon from our children, instead of blessing them with the same grace we live in as brothers and sisters in Christ? Do we neglect to bring them up to follow the training of the Lord, to hear His counsel – straight from His Word?
When God says, “Finally, brethren, whatever things are true, whatever things are noble, whatever things are just, whatever things are pure, whatever things are lovely, whatever things are of good report, if there is any virtue and if there is anything praiseworthy – meditate on these things,” do we believe Him? Or do we put things before our children and ourselves that could not be considered noble, just, pure or lovely?
When God says, “Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God; and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus,” do we believe Him? Or do we bounce from option to option trying to find the right answer on our own, forfeiting our peace?
The homeschool community is blessed with godly pioneers, in our century and those past. While we draw on their experiences we still need to bring everything into the light of God’s Word as Bereans, rightly dividing the truth. As we utilize the help and advice of others, we must always seek the advice of the real expert. In every area – homeschooling, parenting or just life – there is a way that seems right to man, but the answers we seek can be found in His Word.
Commit your works to the LORD
And your plans will be established.