WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 28
“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 WITH COMPASSION
A car tooling down a country road sputtered to a complete stop near a field filled with cows. The driver, getting out to see what was the matter, noticed a cow looking at him. “I believe it’s your radiator,” said the cow. The startled man ran to the nearest farmhouse and knocked on the door. “A cow just gave me advice about my car!” he shouted. “Did the cow have big black spots on it?” the farmer asked. “Yes it did,” the man replied. “Well, that’s Ethel,” said the farmer, “Don’t pay any attention to her. She doesn’t know a thing about cars.”
If anyone tells you that God doesn’t have compassion for sinners who are far from God, don’t listen to them. They don’t know anything about God. Jesus was clearing things up in Luke 15 about God’s feelings about “sinners.” God runs toward the wayward son and He runs with love. Not only does God run with love, God runs with compassion. The word compassion comes from two Greek words. One word means to be moved. The other word means deep in your belly. So together the word means to moved deeply from within. This prodigal son’s father ran toward his returning son with a deep compassion for where he had been and where he was coming.
Have you ever stopped to consider that we can move the heart of God? God knows where we have been, and God knows where we are going. It moves God’s heart in a broken way when we are headed away from Him. And it moves God’s heart in a joyful way when we are headed home towards Him. God is not off in the distance unconcerned about our lives. Instead, He is deeply moved by His children.
In what ways, have your words and actions moved God lately? Have they moved Him like a parent’s heart is moved when they see their child making painful decisions? Or have they moved Him like a parent who sees their child making life-giving choices? Move toward your Heavenly Father today in prayer and receive His love.