Wednesday, March 16th, 2016
Parent Traps (Part 26)
Thwarted: By A Prodigal's Father
A man had two sons. The younger of them said to his father, 'Father, give me the share of the estate that falls to me.' So he divided his wealth between them. And not many days later, the younger son gathered everything together and went on a journey into a distant country, and there he squandered his estate with loose living.
Luke 15:11-13 (NASB)*
The Parable of The Prodigal Son is so abundantly full of wisdom that countless commentaries discuss it. The story is heartbreakingly hopeful. The younger son is stupidly selfish. The older son is rigidly rulish. The father is incredibly inspired.
As millions of people are duped today, the younger son thought wealth would buy him joy. Indeed, riches bought him passing pleasures, but he awakened in a pen with pigs: dirty, forsaken and miserable. When his right mind returned, he headed home.
Consider three unusual actions of the divinely enlightened parent:
1) He did not argue with his foolish son, begging or threatening him to stay home. Neither did he chase him or go find him. Instead, the father blessed his departure.
2) The father allowed his wrong-minded son to fully experience his failure, that a heartfelt repentance might follow. Meanwhile, his father prayed expectantly.
3) When the prodigal came to his senses, appreciating his father's virtues, returning apologetically, his father welcomed him home lavishly.
Actors, models and talent for Christ: Many of Hollywood's biggest stars could be classified as prodigals. They are wastefully extravagant with the ample assets they enjoy: partying in reckless abandon. But like the hopefully wise father, I believe everyone will come home.
In the strongest possible fervor, I urge parents to copy this dad. He's modeled after God, The Father.
To Be Continued...
* The (entire) Parable of the Prodigal Son: https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Luke+15%3A11-32&version=NASB
P.S. To read the other devotions in this series, please see the Parent Traps series.