The devil is sneaky. He squirms in like a snake and causes you to drift away from the Lord. It’s a subtle move that causes havoc in your life. It could be a thought at a vulnerable time or an enticement when you decide to follow Jesus. Whatever the tactic, it takes you off course.
After he gets you separated from God, he starts messing with your mind. He tries to distort your thinking into making you feel worthless. This is where the devil starts the condemnation but the truth is, God is love and condemnation never comes from Him.
When you drift away, Jesus is always standing there looking. He is constantly searching the horizons for you, waiting to catch a glimpse of you. That’s all he needs, just a glimpse. Then when He see you at that very moment, His face lights up! “My boy! My daughter!” He becomes excited. He starts jumping and running. You could be miles and miles away but He runs to you with arms wide open. There are streams of joy running down His face while yelling, “You’re back!”
That was all He needed. Just a glimpse, just an ounce of hope, an ounce of “I wonder". I wonder if God will forgive me? I wonder if God still loves me? I wonder if God knows me? That’s all He needs to draw you close to Him.
Like the prodigal son who wasted his inheritance, it’s sort of like what we do when we back slide and waste our gifts. The son wasted away everything freely given to him by living a promiscuous lifestyle and it probably lasted for years until that one day. We all have that “one day” when we either learn about Jesus or remember who He is. The light went off in his head. He remembered who his father was although he had forgotten his position.
He went back home and from a distance his father saw him and RAN TO HIM. His father didn’t think twice about where his son had been, who he had been with or what he did. All he saw was the son that he loved and missed. The son that he sacrificed for. The bible says, Luke 15:20 “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.” Did you get that? There was no condemnation or judgment from his father, only love. This is a reflection of the love Jesus has for you and me.
It goes on to say in Luke 15:21 “his son said to him, ‘Father, I have sinned against both heaven and before you, I am no longer worthy to be called your son” The son repented and his father restored him to his rightful position. Luke 15:22” But his father said to the servants, ‘Quick! Bring the finest robe in the house and put it on him. Get a ring for his finger and sandals for his feet.” Do you see that? His son did not have to start over from the beginning. He picked up right where he left off. The same goes for us when we fail. We don’t have to start all over from the beginning or the same trials that we have overcome, we pick up where we left off.
Luke 15:24 “for this son of mine was dead and has now returned to life, He was lost, but now he is found.” Can’t you hear the excitement and joy in the father’s voice? That is the same excitement Jesus has when you comes back. Look at the picture above. Picture Jesus hugging you.
Heaven rejoices when one sinner repents and returns to God. Luke 15:32 “We had to celebrate this happy day. For your brother was dead, and is alive; he was lost, and is found.” Don’t waste another day waiting or believing the lies. Don’t waste another day thinking you’re not ready. Don’t waste another day in that pit. Jesus is waiting! He wants you home! He loves you............ JustFood4Thought