The story of the Prodigal Son is a classic tale found in the Bible where a wayward son departs from under his father’s care and house, fell into hard times and returned home to welcoming arms from his father. The parable is interpreted to reveal God’s heart towards us. There is one portion of that story that I want to elaborate today….verse 20 of Luke chapter 15.
“And he arose and came to his father. But while he was still a long way off, his father saw him and felt compassion, and ran and embraced him and kissed him.”
If we could take the father’s (God’s) point of view on this, we would notice that throughout the story even though it wasn’t overtly mentioned, he never stopped loving his son. It was his son who ventured away. It was his son who had to converse with the thoughts in his head of what he thought his father was like or what his father thought of him.
Through Adam’s sin all humanity is born into sin…departed from the father. And through Abraham believing the word he heard, it was like humanity arising again in the distance in the sight of the father (God).
And for 42 generations from Abraham, God ran relentlessly and furiously towards humanity (Matthew 1:17)!!!!! The children of Israel being the highway!
And he bursts through the window on Pentecost in the upper room with such force to embrace, once-and-for-all-time never-to-be-gone-again, his lost children. God had a good “head of steam” seeing He was running for 42 generations, that when he fell on his disciples, they, through that force began spreading the gospel – this story. And it’s been continually spreading since.
Why do I tell the story this way?
Have you ever loved something so much that you never stopped chasing it? And when you caught it your momentum seems to be able to carry it into forever? What is it? A career? A significant other? A hobby? Knowledge? A business idea? What???
For God, it’s YOU!
The story of the prodigal son is a good depiction of what God has in store for you. If only you would arise in the distance.
God is a Great example of not giving up! In the midst of a people who at times didn’t believe, He still pursued. When it comes to desires that God has given you to accomplish, what distance are you willing to travel to get it? What obstacles are you willing to endure? What pain are you willing to fight through?
There is only one thing that would help you go through those things…faith. Faith, the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not materially seen. Because of the hope that was in the distance before God, he endured…what are you hoping for?