By Toni Smothers
Scripture Reading: Luke 15:11-32
Scripture Quote: They will be paid back with harm for the harm they have done. Their idea of pleasure is to carouse in broad daylight. They are blots and blemishes, reveling in their pleasures while they feast with you.
(2 Pet 2:13 NIV)
The prodigal son is a picture of a sinner who won't depend on or be obedient to the Lord. It is foolish and dangerous for those who desire to be at their own disposal, to live independent of God and be their own boss. God can't give greater proof of his wrath to a subborn sinner than to abandon him to the corruption of his own heart. We are lost in dreadful affliction of our own design when we demand our independence from God's precepts. Without God's truth to live by, we debase ourselves in unending self-gratification that can ruin our souls. We become broken, miserable people without standards or morals to guide us.
Just as the prodical's father showed his son great tenderness and affection, our Heavenly Father welcomes the repentant heart that returns to Him. God can wash away the filth of our sin and restore us to His truth and justice if only we realize the folly of our independence and empty achievements. It doesn’t matter what happened to bring us to our knees. We must empty ourselves of pride and lay our shame at His feet. God's peace is the answer to a roaming spirit who has lost his way. There is no love like that of our gracious and forgiving Father.
Today’s meditation: Find your joy in God’s love and truth.
Memory Verse: A discerning son heeds instruction, but a companion of gluttons disgraces his father. (Prov 28:7 NIV)