Broken Road? You can still come home
By Andrew Starnes
While reading the story of the prodigal son to my four year old daughter I had to pause for a moment as I felt God speak to my heart. The story tells us the younger of two sons who tires of the harsh labor of farm life and goes to his father asking for his share of the inheritance now. The father is sad, yet grants his son’s request.
The son goes and spends all that he has on wild living and is happy for a short time. Then his inheritance runs out and none of his ‘friends’ come to his aid as he is in desperate poverty.
He finds himself alone at the lowest point of his life he has ever been. And the scripture says “Then he came to himself.” This is the moment where he realizes what he had and what he gave up.
Have you been there?
Have you felt that moment where you realized that all you have done is not worth what you gave up to get there?
This is a dark and sorrowful moment but there is hope for the broken hearted:
My sacrifice, O God, is a broken spirit;
A broken and contrite heart
You, God, will not despise.
As we read in the story, we can all draw a comparison to the prodigal son in that he realized what he had done. As I read this story, I noticed that as the son returns home to ask his father’s forgiveness his father sees him and races out to meet him. He doesn’t condemn him, He doesn’t ridicule him, and surprisingly he throws him a party to welcome him home.
My friends, in life we are guilty of many things but what matters is the state of our hearts. God is patient with each of us and longs for us to “come to ourselves” and return home. He is ready to run out to meet you and has made a way home through His son Jesus Christ.
2 Peter 3:9 says “The Lord is not slow in keeping His promise, as some understand slowness. Instead He is patient with you, not wanting anyone to perish, but everyone to come to repentance.”
God is ready for us all to come home. He isn’t mad at us. He loves us and has proven it through the Jesus. I pray that wherever you are, when you come to yourself, realize that you can come home.
He is waiting with open arms.,,