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Help for Perplexed and Inadequate Parents


Luke 2:39-52

Just imagine what it must have been like to be Jesus’ parents. They probably felt totally inadequate for the task, yet God specifically appointed them to raise His Son. If you’re a parent, the Lord has also personally chosen you to care for the children He’s entrusted to you. No matter how unqualified we may feel for the role of parenting, God will always equip us for this demanding assignment.

Joseph and Mary were both very young when they were called to the greatest challenge of their lives. The character qualities and godly practices they displayed are the same ones all parents still need today.

Character Qualities and Godly Practices:

Parenting Challenges:

  • Mary and Joseph were not perfect parents. In fact, at one point, they actually lost Jesus (Luke 2:41-45).
  • They experienced times of confusion and misunderstanding (Luke 2:46-50) yet never abdicated their parental responsibilities or authority (Luke 2:51-52).
  • Mary treasured her mothering experiences, pondering them in her heart (Luke 2:18-19, 51).

Changing Roles:

  • As Jesus reached adulthood, Mary learned to respect the change in their relationship (John 2:1-5).
  • She didn’t always understand Him and His ministry (Mark 3:20-21, 31-35).
  • Even when her heart was pierced with pain, Jesus’ mother remained faithful to Him (John 19:25).

Questions for Reflection

  1. Why are godly character qualities and practices vitally important for parents? What happens when they’re missing? Which ones do you need to let the Lord develop in you?
  2. Throughout every stage of Jesus’ life, His parents experienced times of perplexity. What is your biggest struggle in parenting? In times of confusion, have you ever taken the time to ponder what the Lord is doing in your children’s lives? What parenting experiences do you treasure in your heart?

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