During the week I came across an article told about the reaction of young daughter to the story of the prodigal son. It read, “While putting my 4-year-old daughter to bed, I read her the story of the Prodigal Son. We discussed how the young son had taken his inheritance and left home, living it up until he had nothing left. Finally, when he couldn’t even eat as well as pigs, he went home to his father, who welcomed him. When we finished the story, I asked my daughter what she had learned. After thinking a moment, she said, ‘Never leave home without your credit card!’”
That is one way to try and make it work. And I’m sure that some people wish it was that easy to leave the Father’s house, but we really know that it is not that simple.
In sum way or another all of us over the years have tried to run away from God. It might not be as dramatic as the prodigal son, it might have been in the little things that we want control over. Whether it is with money, time, words, attitudes or even with friends, sometimes we can run away from what we know is the right thing to be doing. But how does God respond?
All through the Bible we read of people(s) that disobey, fall short and run away from God yet God still graciously and through his mercy runs to us to welcome us back home. This morning I pray that we will be challenged about the areas of life where we need to come home to God. – Andrew