Are you a grasshopper in your own eyes?
Every homeschool parent has experienced fear of inadequacy, any who would deny that are either 1.) lying or 2.) well…. lying. Everyone everywhere has experienced fear of inadequacy in some area of their lives, but for homeschoolers this is the stuff nightmares are made of. This fear intimidates, that is why it is so effective. Let us now explore intimidation.
The bible tells us a story of the 12 spies going into the promised land to “check things out”. Caleb and Joshua of course were the only 2 who came back with good reports and hope for conquering it. The other 10 however, reported that they were in their own sight, as grasshoppers and so they were in the eyes of the giants in the land as well.
Did you see that? They defeated themselves long before the enemy had an opportunity! They were intimidated by the giants and so they saw themselves as grasshopper sized, they felt they were no match for the task at hand. Intimidation caused them not to want to go and claim the promise, isn’t that sad? How familiar does that sound to you? God called you to homeschooling, so you tiptoed into homeschool land but you see the “giants” in the land. Teaching your child to read, teaching them higher maths, and foreign languages etc. and all of these “giants” cause you to feel very much the way the other 10 spies felt, no match for the task. Intimidation turns giant killers into grasshoppers. We forget that when God calls us to a task, he enables us to perform it! When God brought the Israelites out of Egypt he already knew who lived in Canaan and he knew when he called you to homeschooling, he knew all that homeschooling would entail! There are no surprises in God’s book, he wrote it cover to cover before he laid the foundations of the Earth, so why do we fear ?
There are some things you should know about intimidation. First, let me say that if you can be intimidated you can be isolated, and once you are isolated you are easily conquered. Second, Satan wants you to be intimidated, because if you aren’t he knows you’re coming to claim your promise. It is easy to find yourself in an intimidating situation, but there are safeguards that prevent you from succumbing to it. Let me share a few with you.
1.) Protect your “water source”, remember to be daily replenished through prayer. Do not allow your circumstances to draw your attention away from your source. If you do, you will dry out and very soon you will be intimidated, isolated, and then defeated. Keep your eyes set upon Jesus, and remember that God gives us victory even when we ought to have defeat. Trust steadfastly in the Lord, not in anything of your own power or ability.
2.) Never let Satan set the terms for the battle. Never let him convince you that you must meet him on his terms in order to conquer him. Instead, be like David, go meet him in the name of the Lord. Speak to your enemy, Speak to God about your enemy. Speak to your enemy and step up! Tell that fear that you are not afraid, you know that God called you to this and so he will walk you through it. Remind the enemy that though you walk through the valley of the shadow, the rod and staff will be your comfort.
3.) Recognize that you belong to God, Satan is trespassing when he messes with you. God has guaranteed already that the victory will be yours. Keep walking in faith, heading directly towards your promises, never give up or sit down on the job. Keep in mind, that faith without works is dead. You are going to have to “hoof it” across a few dry places, but ultimately following the calling of God will result in victory.