Devotional 5/30

I, even I, am the one who wipes out your transgressions for My own sake, And I will not remember your sins. Isaiah 43:25

Sometimes God will give you exactly what you wanted just to show you it’s not, at all,
what you needed.

In the story of the Prodigal Son (Luke 15:11-32); the father is God while we are the sons. The younger son wanted his inheritance and the father gave it to him! It sounds like a great story, until we read that the son left his father’s house and spent all his substance to the point of losing his senses. It’s one thing to not know God, and His word; but its quite another to be a transgressor.

Transgression: an act that goes against a law, rule, or code of conduct; law breaking: an offense.

When we distance ourselves from God by chasing after our desires, we will eventually lose our way (like the prodigal son). Sometimes God gives us that which we want, only to show us we didn’t need it, especially if He is not to be a part of it. Without God, we lose our senses and would need to repent to have peace with God.

The bible says, when he came to his senses, He repented and decided to go back to the father’s house (Luke 15:17). When he was able to think clearly, he thought: I got what I wanted but it was bittersweet and it left me on empty. I’m surviving on pig food, while in my father’s house, even the lowest of servants eat full course meals. He was ready to work for the wrongs he had done and felt worthless, ashamed and undeserving, but the father embraced him! He did nothing to earn the father’s love and forgiveness. The father honored him, and gave him a welcome back, “you are mine” ring. He expected to be received as a hired servant, but instead the father celebrated him!

God does not only does forgive us, for going against Him and His rules, but He also forgets about it! Like the father in the story, God stands afar watching us make our way back to Him in anticipation. When we return to Him, He celebrates that we are His. And He does not ever bring up the past wrongs ever again!

Let’s pray:

Lord God, thank you for helping us find our way back to you. I pray you help us all experience the fullness of your forgiveness. May you give each of your children who have drifted away for whatever reason, the experience of making you happy and celebrating that we are yours. I ask you to help us understand and receive your forgiveness. In the name of Jesus I ask. Amen.

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