Memory Verse: “And he arose and came to his father. But when he was still a great way off, his father saw him and had compassion, and ran and fell on his neck, and kissed him” (Luke 15:20).
The story is told of a father who attempted to use the cane on one of his children while taking them home from school. Frightened, the child opened the door while the car was in motion and jumped out. The father was said to have felt unconcerned, drove on and abandoned the child there. It did not appear that the man could have been the father of the child or a father at all. He had not behaved like one.
The father of the prodigal son, in Luke 15, proved to be a father indeed. From the time the boy left home, he yearned for him and longed for his return. This explains how he received a child who had broken his heart and squandered his wealth when he came back home. When he saw his son coming, he was filled with love and compassion for him as he ran to embrace him. He welcomed him and threw a party to celebrate his return.
God is not a man or like the unconcerned father in our story. He loves you with an everlasting love. He has a plan for you (Jeremiah 29:11), a plan to give you peace and a future. He will always look out for you and watch over you at all
times (Psalm 121:4). He is always ready to receive back anyone who strays away from Him.
Have you strayed away from God in any way or for any reason? Return to Him in repentance today and He will embrace you. He has been waiting for you.
1. Father, please forgive me for straying away from You.
2. O Lord, I return to You wholeheartedly and I rededicate my life to You.