The homeschool lifestyle allows for a 24/7
walking in the Word of God with our students. Are we taking advantage of that short
window of opportunity? Believe me, God’s
Word will do a work in their heart where
our words cannot.
5. The Bible is Important for
God’s invitation throughout Scripture is
“Come to Me.” From the Old to the New
Testament we hear this:
“Incline your ear, and come unto me: hear,
and your soul shall live” (Isaiah 55: 3).
“I will be sanctified in them that come nigh
me, and before all the people I will be glorified” (Leviticus 10: 3).
“Every one that thirsteth, come . . .” (Isaiah
“Come unto me, all ye that labour and are
heavy laden, and I will give you rest” (
Matthew 11: 28).
“Draw nigh to God, and he will draw nigh to
you. Cleanse your hands, ye sinners; and purify
your hearts, ye double minded” (James 4: 8).
The reason He calls us to come is because
He knows we need Him. Our hunger and
thirst–our sustenance for life–is found in
the Word of God. The Bible should not just
be treated as a book, but as a meal for maintaining our spiritual health. If we don’t eat,
we starve. If we hunger for it, we are satisfied. Our children need to see that our spiritual health is found in the Bible.
6. The Bible is Important for
Just as God’s invitation is “Come”, so God’s
continual command is “Go.” The health of
our nation depends on the importance of
God’s Word in our lives. For in His Word
is the gospel–the good news–that treasure
this world is starving for. Our national
health depends on how important the Bible
is to us, and how important it is that we live
out His commands.
“Go ye into all the world, and preach the
gospel to every creature”, (Mark 16: 15).
In Matthew 28, Jesus tells his disciples
7. The Bible is Important for
to go make disciples. We must change our
focus from making students to making dis-
ciples. If we want our future to be differ-
ent, we need to decide what to do differ-
ently with our children right now. The next
generation desperately needs us to start in
the hearts of the children now so that we
will have revival in our nation instead of
the destruction of our nation. It all hin-
ges on whether we teach our children to
repent, believe, and live out the precepts of
God’s continual promise throughout Scripture is, “I will be with you.” The emotional
health of a person starts with knowing
someone will be with them; that they will
not be left alone. God is the only one on
earth and in heaven that can perform this
promise. We can find our emotional health
in Him. Hear His Word on the matter:
“When thou passest through the waters, I
will be with thee” (Isaiah 43: 2).
“I will be with him in trouble; I will deliver
him, and honour him” (Psalm 91: 15).
“Be content with such things as ye have: for
he hath said, I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee” (Hebrews 13: 5).
God’s plan is that we would be with Him.
He was with Adam and Eve and Abraham.
He told Moses He would be with Him. He
told Jacob, Joshua, Gideon, and David He
would certainly be with them. And He tells
us that He will be with us even unto the end
of the world. A firm promise. Do your children know this? This knowledge will bring
them peace and emotional stability.
8. As Important as Life and Death
Life and death. Our children will choose.
How will they know what to choose if we
don’t show them? This is what the Bible says:
“See, I have set before thee this day life and
good, and death and evil; In that I command
thee this day to love the LORD thy God, to
walk in his ways, and to keep his command-
ments and his statutes and his judgments,
that thou mayest live . . . But if thine heart
turn away, so that thou wilt not hear, but
shalt be drawn away, and worship other
gods, and serve them; I denounce unto you
this day, that ye shall surely perish . . . I call
heaven and earth to record this day against
you, that I have set before you life and death,
blessing and cursing: therefore choose life,
that both thou and thy seed may live: That
thou mayest love the LORD thy God, and
that thou mayest obey his voice, and that
thou mayest cleave unto him: for he is thy life
. . .” (Deuteronomy 30: 15-20).
If the issues of life spring from our children’s heart, what is in their heart? Is God’s
Word hidden there? Or do they spend more
time gaming or griping? If God’s Word is
absent, death is present. But if they have
God’s Word in their heart and they live out
His commands, they have life.
How important is the Bible in your homeschool? It is as important as life and death.
“My son, attend to my words; incline thine
ear unto my sayings. Let them not depart
from thine eyes; keep them in the midst of
thine heart. For they are life unto those that
find them, and health to all their flesh. Keep
thy heart with all diligence; for out of it are
the issues of life” (Proverbs 4: 20-23).
“Wherewithal shall a young man cleanse
his way? by taking heed thereto according
to thy word. With my whole heart have I
sought thee: O let me not wander from thy
commandments. Thy word have I hid in
mine heart, that I might not sin against thee”
(Psalm 119: 9-11).
“For he that soweth to his flesh shall of the
flesh reap corruption; but he that soweth to
the Spirit shall of the Spirit reap life everlasting. And let us not be weary in well doing: for
in due season we shall reap, if we faint not”
(Galatians 6: 8, 9).
It is tempting to grow weary in teaching
God’s commands from His Word. And we
have an enemy that desires we grow tired
and complacent so he can snatch it all away.
But keep holding forth the Word of life—
even if you don’t see immediate fruit, don’t
give up—God’s Word will not return void,
but will accomplish life in you and your
children. It is for this purpose that our children are set apart and blessed to be Home
Where They Belong.
Deborah Wuehler is the Senior Editor for
TOS, participating author in The Homeschool Minute, wife to Richard, and mom
to eight gifts from heaven. She loves digging
for buried treasure in the Word, reading,
writing, homeschooling, and dark chocolate! You may contact her at senioreditor
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