What Break’s God’s Heart (Disobedient Children)

child%20yelling Several years ago my Pastor (then at Riverlakes Community Church) preached a series on “What Breaks God’s Heart”.  The title has always stuck out to me and I have often times meditated on what does break God’s heart.  The Bible is full of explicit references to the heart of God being deeply moved, even moved to tears over the heartache in this fallen world.  This is the fourth in a series of posts on What Breaks God’s Heart

The other night we had one of “those nights” when it comes to parenting.  We asked Micah to take one bite of his chicken casserole and proceeded to spend the next hour listening to him cry, wine, choke, etc.  The casserole, having turned into virtual soup in his mouth was not going down, so we promptly decided to put him to bed early and ended up enduring an extended period of hearing his cries upstairs, as we tried to take care of the house downstairs.  The next morning I had hoped that he would have gotten over his disobedience, but one bite of his “Nutri Grain” bar proved me wrong.  Let’s just say that after it was all said and done, he ended up in the shower soaking wet and finally at least a little compliant.  When I got my stuff together to go to work, I went to kiss him goodbye on the couch and he deliberately turned over and pulled his blanket over his head, as if to say “I believe that you were completely wrong for making me take a bit of my ‘Nutri Grain’ bar and I am now going to withhold my love from you as you are obviously not worthy of it.”

When a child disobeys his parents, he is essentially declaring his own moral superiority and his parents moral deficiency.  Whether it be a matter of eating chicken casserole or breaking curfew or stealing, actions are an assertion of a moral judgment.  This is just as true of 3 year olds as it is of 30 year olds.

In Matthew 23 we find another account of what breaks God’s heart.  As Jesus makes his way to Jerusalem, he comes to the Mount of Olives and upon seeing the city he cries out,

O Jerusalem, Jerusalem, the city that kills the prophets and stones those who are sent to it!  How often would I have gathered your children together as a hen gathers her brood under her wings, and you would not!

Luke records that Jesus proceeded to weep over the city and her disobedience.  After centuries of God calling to His children and imploring them to return, He finally just weeps over their disobedience and gives them over to the natural consequences of their sin.

Disobedient children break God’s heart because they call his character into question.  Every time we disobey, we are declaring our own uprightness and God’s moral deficiency.  What makes this accusation so much more grievous, is the fact that God has adopted us into His family as beloved children and every time we disobey we make our Father out to be cruel instead of loving, a monster instead of a Savior, and a tyrant instead of a Dad.

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July 20 2009 04:00 am | What Breaks God's Heart

3 Responses to “What Break’s God’s Heart (Disobedient Children)”

  1. john on 30 Oct 2012 at 10:05 am #

    I break His heart

  2. Lynette Hendrix Sciulli on 13 Jul 2013 at 7:01 pm #

    You are not alone

  3. Keith Ransom on 16 Apr 2014 at 11:42 am #

    Great article, my son was cruel to a poor fatherless kid and it broke my heart. Then I heard a sermon about David sinning and God asking David why would he despise Him (God) in doing such a thing. I was hurt when my son was mean then I thought about the times I had done things without considering Gods feelings…