Luke 15:11-14 And he said, ďA certain man had two sons: And the younger of them said to his father, ĎFather, give me the portion of goods that falleth to me.í And he divided unto them his living. And not many days after the younger son gathered all together, and took his journey into a far country, and there wasted his substance with riotous living. And when he had spent all, there arose a mighty famine in that land; and he began to be in want.Ē
Sometimes we just have the entirely wrong perspective on things. We can look at the world and it starts to look pretty good. All that sinful fun out there, well, it certainly seems like it would be better than this boring, restrictive Christian life, right?
Thatís the perspective the Prodigal Son had seen in one of Jesusí most famous parables. The son looked into what the world had and thought it looked pretty good. So, he got his inheritance early and in no time at all, blew all his money on riotous living.
It wasnít long before he was eating pig food and regretting his decision. He decided heíd rather work in his dadís house as a lowly servant than do what he was doing.
So he headed homeward and, we later learn, was welcomed with open arms. He started his journey with the wrong perspective, but a view of life from the very bottom of the barrel helped clarify the right perspective in his mind. He now knew what heíd left behind in his fatherís house, that life in the world wasnít as fun as it looked, and that maybe the restrictions he had at home were for his benefit.
God is good, and he forgives us, just like the Prodigal Sonís Father forgave him. This story, if nothing else, shows us Godís miraculous forgiveness and serves as a reminder that a thousand days elsewhere is nothing compared to just one day with our loving Father.
Letís Pray: ďGod, I love You. Thank You for looking out for me. Thank You for caring for me. Thank You for receiving me as your child. Thank You so much for your forgiveness. I know Iíve messed up in the past, just like everyone else, and Iím so grateful for your forgiveness. Help me to walk in that forgiveness toward others today. Amen.Ē