Every few months I return to the account of the prodigal son, or as I prefer to call it the account of the prodigal’s Father.
It is an account that you can come back to again and again yet still find something new.
I especially like to read the part where the son comes back to his father.
The Word says the father saw the son coming; he saw him as he was watching for him.
I imagine the father looking into the distance every day hoping to see his son coming home.
And when eventually he did see his son he was overjoyed, filled with compassion and ran to meet him.
He hugs him with violence (that is what fell on his neck means) and kissed him, a genuine show of affection for his son.
This of course is a wonderful picture of God the Father, and of us.
We are the son, coming to God for the first time or coming back after a period away from Him.
He was looking for us, wanting us to come to Him; you see He wants every man to come to repentance (change their mind) and return to him (2 Peter 3 v 9).
And Father God is overjoyed as his sons return to Him; every one of us is welcomed into His family and showered with His blessings (read the DIG tomorrow for more on this).
Speak this out today…..”Thank you Lord that you are a loving Father, wanting every single man to come to you”.
Luke 15 v 20…..And he arose, and came back 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