“There was a man who had two sons. The younger one said to his father, ‘Father, give me my share of the estate.’ So he divided his property between them. Not long after that, the younger son got together all he had, set off for a distant country and there squandered his wealth in wild living.” (Luke 15:11-13)
Are you familiar with the parable of the Prodigal Son? He lives with a loving father yet makes the request to leave his home. His father grants his request, gives him his share of the inheritance and freedom to do as he wishes. Off he goes.
God is like that father and, at times, we are like the prodigal son. It might go something like this:
We choose to drift from God to prevent his interference in our lives. We want to be free to live as we please. We’ve got it under control. After all, we're in the major leagues, making good money and having a great season! We find satisfaction and security in the things of this world. Spiritually, we have “left home.”
Then we begin to experience the trials and tribulations of life, and before long we realize how alone we are. The majors quickly become the minors, along with the pay, and all of a sudden the season isn’t so great any more. We become overwhelmed with moving, making new friends, readjusting, finding our way around a new city, finding our place with the new team, refiguring our finances and much more.
In the midst of our struggles, we remember a place of peace and security – we remember what it was like to walk hand in hand with the Lord. We realize how far away from Him we have come, and suffering needlessly, finally pick ourselves up and “head for home.” Things are foggy at first – “Why are these things happening, Lord?” But the closer to “home” we get by spending time in prayer and in His Word, the clearer things become.
Before long, we see our Father running to meet us! We don’t realize that He's been there waiting all along, wondering if today would be the day we would turn back to Him and come home. How good it feels to be welcomed home by a loving Heavenly Father! It is in Him alone we find the true security and satisfaction the world can never give us.
Prayer: Thank you, Father, for waiting for me with open arms. Help me to remember your steadfast love, and to always seek my satisfaction in you.
Suggested Reading: Luke 15:11-32