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Boasting

I was thinking about the Newsweek cover story on homeschooling and the Internet poll by ABC News that asked whether parents were qualified to teach their children. Something inside of me was hoping these could convince skeptical friends and relatives about the merits of our decision to homeschool.

"HELLO!! Wake up!!" Yep, I felt like the Lord sent me a wake-up call. I just started a Bible study by Kay Arthur, Lord, I Want To Know You. The reference used for the second lesson was Psalm 20:7: "Some boast in chariots, and some in horses; but we will boast in the name of the LORD, our God". Ms. Arthur asks,

Where do you run for help? When you are in trouble, what is your first instinct? Do you run to others or to God? Is it usually the counsel of another rather than the counsel found in waiting upon God in prayer? Why is this the way it is? Why do we run to man before we run to God?

When I was hoping that the article and poll would convince others of our decision to homeschool, I was running to man. Doing this puts you on the path to disappointment and insecurity. Turning to the Lord, running to Him for help, trusting in His leading, puts us on the straight and narrow path of victory, confidence, and strength. When you boast in God (not just through your words, but in your heart), you need to know Him, truly know Him. Ms. Arthur says that ...

... the phrase to boast in means to have confidence in, to trust in. Therefore, to boast in God's name means to have confidence in His name. In biblical times a name represented a person's character. God's name represents His character, His attributes, His nature. To know His name is to know Him. To boast in His name is to have confidence in who He is!

We shouldn't be surprised or concerned by the results of a poll that claim parents are not qualified to teach their own children. We shouldn't be surprised when a magazine article doesn't present the most glowing picture of homeschooling because it wants to remain "even-handed" or "unbiased".

Do we really want our confidence to be in those sources? Or do we want to place our confidence in the SOURCE?!!! Do we want to be like the Egyptians who arrogantly took their horses and chariots into the parted sea but never came out? Or do we want to be like the children of God who put their confidence in the name of the Lord and crossed over to the other side safely?

Let's all boast in the name of the Lord. He has faithfully led us to homeschool our precious children and will lead us safely through this journey.

The LORD hear thee in the day of trouble; the name of the God of Jacob defend thee; Send thee help from the sanctuary, and strengthen thee out of Zion; Remember all thy offerings, and accept thy burnt sacrifice; Selah. Grant thee according to thine own heart, and fulfil all thy counsel. We will rejoice in thy salvation, and in the name of our God we will set up our banners: the LORD fulfil all thy petitions. Now know I that the LORD saveth his anointed; he will hear him from his holy heaven with the saving strength of his right hand. Some trust in chariots, and some in horses: but we will remember the name of the LORD our God. They are brought down and fallen: but we are risen, and stand upright. Save, LORD: let the king hear us when we call. - Psalm 20

October 19, 1998
1998 by Kathy Ridpath
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