Compassionate Parenting

Adam Stout

READ : Micah 6:1-5

O my people, what have I done to you? How have I wearied you? Answer me! (v. 3)

My wife and I are expecting our first child. I don’t know what our child will look like. I don’t know if she will play racquetball or like fishing. I do know she won’t be perfect.

In chapter 6 of Micah, God calls on his imperfect people. It starts with the familiar court summons. However, this time God shows his heart, the heart of a wounded parent: “O my people, what have I done to you? How have I wearied you? Answer me!”

God tries to jog the memory of his people: Remember Egypt? Remember Moses, Aaron, and Miriam? What about Balaam? Remember?

As a parent to be, I’m already thinking about our future relationship. I don’t need her to be particularly good at anything. I don’t need her to become wealthy so I can retire early (although I’m not opposed to it, either!). At the end of the day, all I want is for my child to know that she is loved, and to love me back.

God shows love for his children. Yet we are “prone to wander.” In these times, God pleads for us to remember what he has done for us. He has done everything. He created us, gave us his Word, and paid for our sins through Christ. One day he will gather his beloved children and we will be completely purified. In the meantime, he asks us to remember him.


Lord, may we remember you. You’re our loving Father.