The Father’s love

Luke 15:12-20 (MSG)

“So the father divided the property between them. It wasn’t long before the younger son packed his bags and left for a distant country. There, undisciplined and dissipated, he wasted everything he had. After he had gone through all his money, there was a bad famine all through that country and he began to hurt. He signed on with a citizen there who assigned him to his fields to slop the pigs. He was so hungry he would have eaten the corncobs in the pig slop, but no one would give him any.

“That brought him to his senses. He said, ‘All those farmhands working for my father sit down to three meals a day, and here I am starving to death. I’m going back to my father. I’ll say to him, Father, I’ve sinned against God, I’ve sinned before you; I don’t deserve to be called your son. Take me on as a hired hand.’ He got right up and went home to his father.

Can you imagine anything more humiliating than going from a palace where you enjoyed three luxurious meals a day to becoming a slave in famine longing for pig slop?

This kind of scenario can happen to us if we are undisciplined and take what we have for granted. This son’s fleshly desires took over his wisdom and common sense which led him far away from the father.

Sometimes our difficult circumstances will cause a change of direction. When our flesh dies through repentance our spirit becomes alive again!

It may be that you are experiencing some challenging times yourself and that God is drawing you back to Himself and changing your direction.

You can be thankful that this difficulty has caused you to run back home into the Father’s arms where you belong.

“The people I love, I call to account—prod and correct and guide so that they’ll live at their best. Up on your feet, then! About face! Run after God! Revelation 3:19 (MSG)

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