I never tire of reading the account of the prodigal son (or the prodigals father) in Luke 15, especially verse 20.
The first thing to notice is that the father did not go and force the son to come home, the son had to come to his senses himself and decide to return home.
But once the son had made the decision and was heading home we see that the father was looking out for him as he was seen from a great distance.
And when he saw his son coming home the father ran to meet him, hugged him with violence and kissed him (Luke 15 v 20).
The father was looking for the son to come home and was very happy when he did.
This of course is a picture of God, our Heavenly Father.
We often go away from Him and from His ways, but He always wants us to return and is constantly looking for us.
He never forces us to do anything; He has given us freewill to choose our own path and destiny.
But once we chose to return and come to Him He is ready to receive us with open arms, indeed once we have decided He will run toward us in greeting.
He is eager to have relationship with us, be that for the first time when we come to salvation or when we return after a time away.
He desires this because He is a God of compassion who loves us and wants the best for us.
He wants all men to be saved (2 Peter 3 v 9) and wants all of us to live in health and abundance (John 10 v 10 and 3 John v 2).
But as I said before he will not force us and we have to choose; choose both our initial salvation and ongoing salvation, in terms of healing, wholeness, joy, peace and prosperity.
God wants a relationship so much with every man that He sent Jesus to be the payment for our sins, so that every man could be reconciled and forgiven, and therefore given the opportunity to receive salvation.
All we have to do is choose to receive that salvation.
Speak this out today…..”Thank you Lord that you are a loving and compassionate God and that you only want the best for you”.
Luke 15 v 20…..And he arose, and came to his father. But when he was a great way off, his father saw him, and had compassion, and ran, and fell on his neck, and kissed him