My Prayer: Lord, please help me never to stray from Your will. But because You have given me freedom of choice, if I do choose to stray, please give me the conscience and the desire to return to the path that You have set in place for me. -Amen
What Blessed Me from Chapter 4:
– “The love of God still yearns over the one who has chosen to separate from Him, and He sets in operation influences to bring him back to the Father’s house. The prodigal son in his wretchedness “came to himself.” The deceptive power that Satan had exercised over him was broken. He saw that his suffering was the result of his own folly, and he said, “How many hired servants of my father’s have bread enough and to spare, and I perish with hunger! I will arise and go to my father.” Miserable as he was, the prodigal found hope in the conviction of his father’s love. It was that love which was drawing him toward home…. (ACS, p. 12)”
– It’s truly amazing to know that even when we purposefully and spitefully walk away from what we know is right, and the One who loves us most, when we sin, and even in those moments where we make mistakes without being spiteful, I find comfort in knowing that even then, my God will never leave me nor forsake me. As long as I continue to pay attention and listen to still small voice of the Holy Spirit, God’s arms are open and willing to receive me when I repent and return to Him.
– Near the conclusion of the story of the prodigal son (found in Luke 15: 11-24), we see that the prideful son now becomes extremely humbled by his circumstances. It’s also enlightening to see that much like ourselves, when we realize our wrongs, we are much more harsh on ourselves than our Heavenly Father wants to be with us. The prodigal son already had his speech prepared. He knew what he wanted to say, how he wanted to say it. He just wanted to make it back into his father’s house, even if it meant being a lowly servant. He knew that anyway back into his father’s house was better than what he was going through out in the world, and he was willing to do whatever it took.
– “But while he is yet “a great way off” the father discerns his form. Love is of quick sight. Not even the degradation of the years of sin can conceal the son from the father’s eyes. He “had compassion, and ran, and fell on his neck” in a long, clinging, tender embrace. The father will permit no contemptuous eye to mock at his son’s misery and tatters. He takes from his own shoulders the broad, rich mantle, and wraps it around the son’s wasted form (ACS, p. 13).”
– In his restless youth the prodigal looked upon his father as stern and severe. How different his conception of him now! So those who are deceived by Satan look upon God as hard and exacting. They regard Him as watching to denounce and condemn, as unwilling to receive the sinner so long as there is a legal excuse for not helping him. His law they regard as a restriction upon men’s happiness, a burdensome yoke from which they are glad to escape. But he whose eyes have been opened by the love of Christ will behold God as full of compassion. He does not appear as a tyrannical, relentless being, but as a father longing to embrace his repenting son (ACS, p. 13).”
But never let us take advantage of that love He has for us…
Tonight’s Reading: Section 1, Chapter 5 – “When Doing Everything Right Isn’t Enough” (p. 14-17)
Love and God Bless,