What Was I Thinking?!
Verse 17 “When he came to his senses, he said, ‘How many of my father’s hired servants have food to spare, and here I am starving to death!
And the saga continues and we continue following the wayward child. Yesterday we followed him to the faraway country and watched as he blew his entire inheritance living the wild life. And then the famine hit.
This kid was immature to say the least. He has spent everything in a land where he is still the new guy. As the famine drags on the young man begins to starve. Some of us would see this as the time to head home but not this guy. He begs a local farmer to hire him. This is another clue we have that he hadn’t even tried finding a job when he hit the new town. He must have figured that money grew on trees because as far as he knew money never ran out. It hadn’t run out before. But that was before. Now he is so desperate for food that he is willing to work for it. Farming, as many of you know, is not an easy job. The farmer sends him to feed the pigs. This is a job no good Jew would take because pigs were considered unclean. But this man hadn’t exactly been adhering to Jewish laws for a while now.
Have you ever been so hungry that if you see someone else eating something it looks good to you even though it is something that you would never normally eat? This is what our staving young man was doing. He was looking at the pig feed and thinking that the pods they were eating would hit the spot. And then we find the line, “But no one gave him anything.” This young man was used to things being given to him and yet here he was working and still not being given anything. That got his mind working and he came to his senses. Here he was hungry enough to not only be with unclean animals but coveting their meal. “My father’s servants aren’t even as bad off as I am at the moment. They always have food to spare and I’m starving.” And so our wandering young man decides to head back to the family. But not as a family member, as a servant. He knew he had blown his title of son.
How often are we like this young man in our spiritual lives? We decide our way is better and that it makes us happier than anything that is God’s way. We often have to come to a desperate time in life to get our attention and help us come to our senses. We then think it is too late for God to love us. Too late to change our ways to make them align with God’s ways. It is so easy to wallow in our sins but we need to take a lesson from this young man and decide to return to the Father.
Making It Personal
Have you ever felt like you have gone too far for God to forgive you? What steps do you need to take to be back in the parent/child relationship that God desires to have with you? Are you desperate enough to take those steps?
Making It Personal Kids
What is your relationship with your mom and dad like, do you like to do things with them? Did you know God wants you to do things with Him too? Do you want to have a relationship with God that keeps you close to Him? How would you do that?
Father, thank You for helping us come to our senses when we wander. Please do what needs to be done in our lives to make us desperate for You. Thank You Father. In Jesus’ name, amen.