“And when he came to himself, he said, How many hired servants of my father’s have bread enough and to spare, and I perish with hunger! I will arise and go to my father, and will say unto him, Father, I have sinned against Heaven, and before thee, and am no more worthy to be called thy son: make me as one of thy hired servants” (Luke 15: 17-19).
How sad that the prodigal son had to waste so much of his life, his resources, and his well-being on living in rebellion and selfishness. While he could never fully regain what was wasted, at least the good news is that he had a change of mind and heart in that far away country. Before this he had hated where he lived. He had resented his father and couldn’t wait to get away. Now, however, he thought differently. It was the same way for Lois. Remember my mentioning her yesterday? Lois hated her situation. Rebellion clouded her thinking, and she thought she couldn’t be happy until she got away from home, away from her parents, and away from her parents’ Godly lifestyle. Several months after leaving home, she became very homesick and saw through different prisms that life at home wasn’t so bad after all. In fact, it looked very good to her. How could she ever express her sorrow and repentance to her parents? They had pleaded with her not to leave. Now she wanted to go home, but how? More about this tomorrow.
For today: Ask the Lord to help you view life from His perspective. Surrendering to Him could save you from a lot of heartache and misery.