I will sing of the mercies of the Lord forever,
With my mouth I will make known Your faithfulness to all generations.
For I have said, “Mercy shall be built up forever;
Your faithfulness You shall establish in the very heavens.”
When we are called to redemption from the death that comes with our sin nature, and God gives us the Holy Spirit who daily sanctifies and refines us, teaching us the truth of God’s Word, there shouldn’t be anything that comes as a surprise to us in this life. And, the longer we spend steeping our hearts, minds, and souls in the verity of God’s promises, the more we should see that generation after generation after generation has lived, died, and been committed to eternity in accordance to the foundations and truths of the world that have been set in place from the moment light was cleft from darkness.
God’s words have many purposes for those who are called by His name. They comfort us. They sustain us. They refine our thoughts. They impart wisdom for daily life. They prick our consciences. They point us upwards and onwards to a higher, holier life. They hold out the promise of perfect justice, righteousness, and judgment in this life and the life to come. They are perfect, converting the soul. They are sure, making wise the simple. They are right, rejoicing in the heart. They are pure, enlightening the eyes. They tell us that someday there will be a new heavens and a new earth where sickness, sorrow, sin and death and will exist no more.
Wicked people, sinners loving their sin, don’t believe any of this. They say, “Where is your God? If He exists, He has forgotten you.” They love violence. They love lies and lying. They love persecution and slander. They love cursing, deceit, oppression, and boasting in their evil deeds. Each new generation produces sinners sure of their sinning and sure that their “wisdom” and “revelation” trumps God’s wisdom and revelation.
It really doesn’t have to be more complicated than this. We are not to hide or condone sin, but we are also called to use wisdom and discernment in all matters, and to not enthusiastically point fingers or blame everyone but ourselves for sin problems. In our eagerness to exalt our own fallen, twisted wisdom, we end up tripping over our words as we try to prove that we are “smarter” and more “enlightened” than each previous generation — Christians are no exception to this, and I have watched in silence as many Christians and Christian organizations make themselves look foolish in a desperate attempt to prove themselves to the world, and prove themselves to fellow “enlightened” Christians. I could name many of these organizations, (I grew up in the homeschool/evangelical/reformed world,) but I won’t.
For me and my family (and by that I mean my husband and my children), we adhere to very few organizations or public figures. Scratch that, in our daily lives we follow NO public figure, organization, or movement political or religious. In my many years of closely observing the overall homeschooling/evangelical movement, it is hard to find anyone who does not elevate pride and extra-biblical philosophies over the truth of God’s Word. Do understand that I am NOT saying that some of the Godly organizations and public figures out there in the world aren’t benefitting the cause of upholding righteousness, and that we should never support them, or that within organizations there are not faithful people serving with all humbleness and wisdom. I am just cautioning strongly against sticking our lives and our children’s lives to any one man, woman, pastor, blogger, political savior, or organization. I have seen family, after family, after family get burned through their foolishness in saying “we follow this organization” or “we follow so and so,” instead of ultimately following God; and I have watched precious souls fall through the cracks that have been widened by elevating our own fallen understanding over God’s truth and promises.
Our family does strongly believe in the call to accountability via membership with a strong, local church wherever we are living — God’s faithfulness is preached in the assembly of the saints, and God’s truth for us in this life is carried out in small, and oftentimes “menial” ways, through the faithfulness of living everyday life, staying faithful where we are, and staying focused on what He has given us. I do have dreams, I do ambitions, and I have desires and plans for the future, but none of those plans include throwing away the people and things God has entrusted to me. I want to continue pursuing growth and sanctification in myself and offering encouragement to those around me who are seeking to do the same.
I do have strong opinions about many things in this fleeting life, but I will try to never cling to them so tight that when I am being called to sanctification and refinement in my heart and mind by the Holy Spirit, I pursue the love of my own understanding to the point of willful sin and ultimately, destruction. I pray that God continues to build my trust and faith in His steadfast promises for my life, and does the same for my husband and my children. This may involve humbling, and sometimes a not-very-clear-picure of how God is using circumstances in my life to bring glory to Him, but I have to stay anchored in His promises to me. He loves me and will abide with me to the end of my days.