MONDAY, AUGUST 26
“So he returned home to his father. And while he was still a long way off, his father saw him coming. Filled with love and compassion, he ran to his son, embraced him, and kissed him.”
Luke 15:20 (NLT2)
COMING HOME: THE FATHER RAN TO THE WAYWARD SON
On August 15, a Delta flight was stranded for 8 hours on the runway at JFK airport. There was no food, no water and no ground crew. The passengers were understandably frustrated. The passengers began to fight verbally and physically. It turned into complete chaos until the police arrived.
It seems inevitable that there will always be some type of delay or frustration when we are flying by air. However, one thing that is always inspiring in an airport is when we witness a soldier returning from duty overseas and there are friends and family waiting to greet them. There are often signs, balloons and excitement as they watch intently as each passenger comes out of security in hopes that it’s their loved one. And once they appear, the friends and family rush as quickly as possible to greet them with hugs and kisses.
In Luke 15, we see the father of the wayward son intently looking in the distance in hopes of his son’s return. And we can assume the moment he sees the son a “long way off” he runs to greet him. The sight of a father running to embrace his son who has been gone is the picture Jesus chose to describe how God feels about sinners coming home to God. This image must move even the hardest heart.
That same picture is the picture God wants you to see when you wonder how He feels about you when you are considering coming into His family. He doesn’t stand there waiting to humiliate you about your bad choices. No, God runs to eagerly greet every one of us who decides to come home after being wayward. Have you had the experience of coming home to God? Take some time to journal what you remember about your experience of coming home to God. If you haven’t had that experience, pray now and tell God you want to come into His family by turning to Him and placing your faith in what Jesus did for you on the cross.