August 31, 2020
Watching the Horizon for Your Prodigal
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“However whereas he was nonetheless a great distance off, his father noticed him and was crammed with compassion for him; he ran to his son, threw his arms round him and kissed him.” Luke 15:20b (NIV)
The final time I had seen my prodigal member of the family was in silhouette in late afternoon.
From my automotive, I occurred to identify them strolling into the mall, holding palms — a uncommon good day. My coronary heart broke for the thousandth time as I left the scene, questioning if the state of affairs would ever change.
My prodigal had refused to interrupt up with the one who was inflicting large ache, and as I watched the downward spiral, I’d cried out to God in confusion. Why isn’t my beloved one altering for the great? Are my fixed prayers making a distinction? Ought to I simply quit hoping for a turnaround? My coronary heart trembled with concern as I desperately looked for indicators of my beloved one’s return.
Jesus knew many people could be in an identical state of affairs when He instructed the story of the prodigal son in Luke 15:11-32. In it, Jesus focuses on three folks. First is the prodigal son who ran away. I’m fairly certain each sinner can relate to that one!
Then there was the daddy who selflessly sacrificed for this son and scanned the horizon for his return.
And final however not least, we see the older brother who was loyal to his father, but simmering with anger.
I imagine Jesus had a number of functions for telling this story. One was to encourage those that love a prodigal. The Holy Spirit moved Luke to report this story to remind us we’re not alone. When you’ve ever beloved a prodigal, God sees your soul-crushing heartache.
Perhaps you’re the one on the lookout for a return, besides you’re the mom, sister, daughter, niece, cousin, good friend or trainer in Jesus’ story. Longing to see your beloved return to their roots of religion.
A part of what helped me work via that troublesome season was worship music. Each morning, I listened to 4 of my favourite songs in a specific order.
The primary music jogged my memory I simply want Jesus on my darkest days. The subsequent prodded me to decide on pleasure. The third music invited me to worship the One who died for me on a hill He created. Lastly, one other favourite music rallied me to recollect how God takes all that’s improper and makes it proper.
This playlist turned a musical life raft as my coronary heart almost drowned in despair, bringing much-needed consolation to my soul. Although I used to be near hopelessness, these songs tethered me to God’s fact.
Throughout that troublesome time, God’s Phrase additionally saved me grounded. I reread the prodigal son story, and the Holy Spirit used this verse to maintain me targeted on the horizon:
“However whereas he was nonetheless a great distance off, his father noticed him and was crammed with compassion for him; he ran to his son, threw his arms round him and kissed him” (Luke 15:20b).
The daddy on this story is our Father God. He watches the horizon each single day for our prodigals. He by no means stops hoping for them to return. Our loving, compassionate Father longs to welcome your prodigal again residence.
It takes braveness to observe the horizon and keep targeted in your prodigal’s return, braveness to maintain hoping and praying, regardless of understanding they’re nonetheless a great distance off. It takes braveness solely God can present to beat the fad, despair, dread and injustice you are feeling. But, isn’t that what religion actually means? Believing in a future we will’t but see?
Our Father God is standing on the horizon, holding out His hand. He’s inviting you and me to observe the rising solar with Him, the place His mercies are new every morning. On the worst of days, He alone holds us up as helplessness looms giant. He’s proper there by our aspect, urging us to maintain watching the horizon with hope.
In the present day, I’m thanking God as a result of my prodigal ultimately returned residence. I do know this isn’t everybody’s story, so I’m praying for individuals who are nonetheless ready.
By no means quit hope. God is standing beside you.
Heavenly Father, I reward You for watching the horizon for my prodigal, even after I lose hope. Remind me I can discover power and braveness to maintain watching with You by my aspect. Assist me belief You extra on this troublesome journey every day. In Jesus’ Identify, Amen.
TRUTH FOR TODAY:
Hebrews 10:23, “Allow us to maintain unswervingly to the hope we profess, for he who promised is trustworthy.” (NIV)
Hebrews 11:1, “Now religion is confidence in what we hope for and assurance about what we don’t see.” (NIV)
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REFLECT AND RESPOND:
Are you watching the horizon for a prodigal to return?
Submit a prayer request about your prodigal in the comments, retaining them nameless if wanted, and pray for the one who commented above you. Let’s cowl one another in prayer!
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