I was reading in Ezra this morning and Chapter 4 really stood out to me. In particular, I really related to verses 1-5:
“Now when the adversaries of Judah and Benjamin heard that the children of the captivity were building a temple unto Jehovah, the God of Israel; then they drew near to Zerubbabel, and to the heads of fathers’ houses, and said unto them, Let us build with you; for we seek your God, as ye do; and we sacrifice unto him since the days of Esar-haddon king of Assyria, who brought us up hither. But Zerubbabel, and Jeshua, and the rest of the heads of fathers’ houses of Israel, said unto them, Ye have nothing to do with us in building a house unto our God; but we ourselves together will build unto Jehovah, the God of Israel, as king Cyrus the king of Persia hath commanded us. Then the people of the land weakened the hands of the people of Judah, and troubled them in building, and hired counsellors against them, to frustrate their purpose, all the days of Cyrus king of Persia, even until the reign of Darius king of Persia. “
When I was reading this, I thought about how much it related to building our homes for the Lord and raising godly children. As Christian parents, we are raising our children in such a way that those of ‘the world’ don’t understand. When I read the first verse, I thought how much we see this today. One place that I see this is from those who disagree with homeschooling. They encourage us to enroll our children in public school and tell us things like, “Oh, we want the best for your children too. Let us help you educate them. They will be much better off being taught by teachers who have been trained on exactly how to accomplish this”. Hmmm, I think we should be quite leery when those in the world off to ‘help’ us. The kind of help that they are offering is normally not the kind of help we need, especially when it will not be honoring to the Lord. That is why it is so important to be in the Word so that we know Truth and have discernment.
I also thought about how there are so many outside influences that are fighting us as we raise our children for the Lord. I couldn’t help but smile when I read that the adversaries had “hired counselors against them, to frustrate their purpose…” There are so many “experts” out there telling us how we need to raise our children, yet their wisdom doesn’t line up with the wisdom that we find in the Bible. One thing that we must realize is that part of the role of these counselors was to ‘frustrate their purpose’. Sometimes, we need to step back and see if there are folks in our lives (whether we know them IRL or only have contact with them through media sources) that are frustrating our purpose of raising godly children. If it doesn’t line up with the Bible, then it needs to be tossed to the wind.
Just like Zerubbabel and Jeshua stood firm in their cause, we need to stand firm in ours. We need to daily search the scriptures and raise our children to honor the Lord, no matter what kind of pressure we are under from those in the world. In the end, the Lord will triumph if we stay our course and raise mighty warriors for Him.