Luke 15 contains a very heartwarming account of a family and its struggles and also hope for those who may think hope is gone. It’s such a story of passion, and all of us can relate to the family’s hurt and then the restoration that took place. The turning point for this situation occurred when the son, who had received his inheritance during his father’s lifetime, came to himself. It reminds me of the same way revelation came to the rich, noble woman in Kings when she “perceived” that Elijah was indeed a man of God. That belief caused her to take action, and here in Luke, this boy’s belief caused him to take action as well.
Opportunity was knocking at his door, so to speak, and action on his part was necessary to make things right. We’ve all had similar moments of “sanity” when we realize change can be had, but the requirement is a step of faith for us. But, there is a group of our population that would say, “this is just a matter for prayer, and surely God will intervene.” Yes, God will intervene, but many times the intervention is contingent on what we do.
The Luke 15 Father was watching daily for His son, ready to kill the fatted calf, put the robe on his back, and his name back on the checking account. Luke 15:20 “And he arose and came to his father. But when he was still a great way off, his father saw him and had compassion, and ran and fell on his neck and kissed him.” Today, the Heavenly Father is watching for us to return to Him, even if we are a great way off. Just a decision is all it takes to return to Him in fellowship, honoring, praising, and worshiping Him, tithing, praying, etc. Let belief be born afresh, and lean towards the truth that God is and is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him. Prioritize life by putting God first in all you do and as we move towards Him, He will move towards us, because truly He is watching and waiting for us to “come home.”