Lesson of the Prodigal Son
Today as I look outside and see the beauty of the countryside as fall comes upon us, I marvel at the wonder and beauty of God’s creation, of the wonders of how He has established the times and the seasons, the beauty of the heavens at night when we see the multitude of stars and the moon and the divine order in which they are fashioned. As I see the farmers busy harvesting their crops, I think of His setting up a time for planting and a time of reaping and how it continues to be so year after year just as He said it would be, and I think, what a mighty God He is!
I am always amazed at the wonders of His love for us as I think about the God of all of creation, how He designed it, put it all into motion and then upholds it every moment by His power, yet He knows and is concerned about every one of us. There is a parable in the Bible that helps us understand and know His love for us.
The Bible tells us that Jesus spoke of a father that had two sons, and the younger son came to him one day and said give me the portion of goods that falls to me, that which would be his inheritance, and so the father did, and the man went and took all of it, spent it in riotous living until it was all gone and he ended up in poverty, homeless, starving, without anything. He had rejected his father and his way of life, took what his father had for him, blew it and ended up without anything. No hope, nothing. The Bible says that when he came to himself he realized that the servants of his father were better off than he was, and he said I will go back home and tell my dad I am not worthy to be your son, I have sinned against you. The father’s reaction: he rejoiced with great joy, set up a celebration, for his lost child had come home.
How much are so many of us like that son; we take and enjoy the blessings that God has for us but spend them on wasteful living, rejecting God and His ways and in the end, end up in spiritual poverty. How much has our nation as a whole taken the blessings which God has blessed us with, used them for wasteful living and are experiencing the results, physically and spiritually. We were the richest nation in the world at one time, but today we are $17 trillion in debt and are becoming more and more anti-God and we are reaping the results. Isn’t it time that we, like the prodigal son, come to our senses and realize that in our Father’s house is where real hope and real love come and we can have lives that are worth living, not only for now but for eternity.