Carey Lewis Devotions
Friday, March 4th, 2011
Feeding The Pigs?
After he had spent everything, there was a severe famine in that whole country, and he began to be in need. So he went and hired himself out to a citizen of that country, who sent him to his fields to feed pigs. He longed to fill his stomach with the pods that the pigs were eating, but no one gave him anything.
Luke 15:14-16 (NIV)
Like the prodigal son, many of us have taken our Father's treasures, forgotten they were His, ignored His guidance, and wasted them foolishly. We find ourselves living in a pig-pen, feeding corporate swine, but with little to eat ourselves. Multiply that by a nation. Multiply that by a world, and here we are. Recession without an end in sight.

Like the prodigal son, let us come to our senses (see v.17), and remember the kindness, forgiveness, and endless resources of a Father 'Who delights in the prosperity of His servant{s}' (Psalm 35:27). If God so loves His servants...

How much more will He give His loving kindnesses to His own children? for 'the Spirit Himself testifies with our spirit that we are children of God, and if children, heirs also, heirs of God and fellow heirs with Christ' (Romans 8:16-17).

'So the prodigal got up and went to his father. But while he was still a long way off, his father saw him and was filled with compassion for him; he ran to his son, threw his arms around him and kissed him. The son said to him, 'Father, I have sinned against heaven and against you. I am no longer worthy to be called your son.'

'But the father said to his servants, 'Quick! Bring the best robe and put it on him. Put a ring on his finger and sandals on his feet. Bring the fattened calf and kill it. Let's have a feast and celebrate' (Luke 15:20-23).

Let us in our need return to our Father and ask forgiveness. Let us ask only to be His servants. Then let us watch in amazement, as He runs to meet us, kisses us, dresses us, feeds us, and gives us His ring and the keys to His Kingdom.

The journey back to Him may be hard, but He is waiting. He will run to meet us. Recession does not exist in His Kingdom.

We are meant for more than pig feeding.

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"I labored, yet not I. By the grace of God, I am what I am, and do what I do' (paraphrase of 1 Corinthians 15:10). I love God's Word. As a late-in-life committed Christian with no Bible training prior to age 51, some people wonder how I'm qualified to write devotions. I wonder that, too. But God loves children and fools for Him. I am both. Ghost Writer? God.

Carey Lewis

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