Luke 2:48 (AMP)
And when they [Joseph and Mary] saw Him, they were amazed; and His mother said to Him, Child, why have You treated us like this? Here Your father and I have been anxiously looking for You [distressed and tormented].
I’ve read this passage so many times, but as I read it again, the Lord started to speak about knowing your children.
Mary and Joseph spent the last 12 years raising the Messiah. We can only imagine that for one moment she may have forgotten who Jesus was and treated him as a child; try to discipline as a normal boy, but he wasn’t. They were raising the Savior of this world.
In verse 49-52, Jesus responds and has to remind them who He is, but they can’t comprehend what’s going on. Jesus obediently goes home with his parents and the Bible doesn’t reference him until his adulthood.
As always, Mary listened, watched, and kept all these incidences in her memory and in her heart. She knew deep down that the assignment given to her was not just an ordinary one. She had to rely on God to provide the wisdom to help her understand what she was called out to do.
The Lord blesses us with the children we have and at times, we don’t understand what they’re doing and why they do what they do. But as Mary analyzed and kept quiet, we have to do the same when it just doesn’t make sense to us. Get to know your child; what motivates and brings them down. As we get to know our children, our parenting skills should sharpen when we apply the appropriate discipline. This will assist our children to grow healthy spiritually, mentally, and physically.
Seek the Lord for guidance when nothing makes sense to you. We are living in a very sinful world that gets worse by the day. The only survival kit we can depend on is asking the Lord for help. Seek the Lord and get to know your children well.