“I will be a Father to you, and you will be my sons and daughters, says the Lord Almighty” (2 Corinthians 6:18, NIV).
Your heavenly Father is a loving Father, not one who chastises or condemns you for your shortcomings. He forgives, loves, and receives you with outreached arms when you have “come to yourself” with repentance.
I love the story of the prodigal son (Luke 15:11–32). A father was approached by his younger son who demanded his inheritance. After receiving it, the son moved far away and squandered his fortune by living foolishly. When a famine came, he had no money and found himself eating with the pigs. Scripture says that “he came to himself” (15:17, ESV) realizing that his father’s servants were better off than he. He decided to go home, beg for his father’s forgiveness, and request to become one of his servants since he thought he no longer deserved the place of a son. The father not only forgave him but also showered him with the best and celebrated his return with a feast.
This is a story of “lost and found.” When the prodigal son had “lost” his way and “came to himself,” he then ran back to his father and “found” grace and mercy.
This story depicts our lives so well.
How many times have we lost our way?
How many times have we given God our backs by living foolishly?
How many times have we fallen?
How many times have we displeased Him with our thoughts, words, and actions?
A lot! In fact, every day we fall short and every day we sin in one way or another. But don’t allow shame and the sense of unworthiness keep you bound and far away from your Father’s house. Instead, get back up, wave goodbye to the pigs, dust yourself off, and continue your course on the road of righteousness where He has placed you.
The good news is that when you return to your Father, He is not going to offer you a slave/master relationship; He is going to offer you a father/child relationship. Your missteps don’t nullify the fact that you are His daughter. According to His Word, you have been adopted: “The Spirit you received does not make you slaves, so that you live in fear again; rather, the Spirit you received brought about your adoption to sonship. And by him we cry,
’Abba, Father’” (Romans 8:15, NIV).
He has made a decision to adopt you as His son or daughter, and He has no intention of changing His mind. Why? Because He is the same yesterday, today, and forever. He anxiously awaits your return, and He relentlessly desires to love you and forgive you. Not only that, but He waits for you with feasts and celebrations, just like the father of the prodigal son.
I encourage you to “come to yourself” and realize that you are a child of the One True King. You are seated in heavenly places, and nothing you do will ever pluck you out of God’s hands. If you have fallen lately, it is not the end. The bottom in not your final destination, it is not your last exit, it is not the final chapter, and it is definitely not the ending of your story.
God has more, Return to Him, leaving all the shame and guilt behind. The prodigal son didn’t try to undo his mistakes; he simply came back to the father just the way he was.
Prayer: Abba Father, thank You for Your redeeming love, thank You because Your love for me is unconditional and self sustaining. Thank You because no hell or high water can keep me from encountering Your grace and mercy once again. I repent for the many times I have let You down. I understand that although I will never be perfect, Your love covers the multitude of sins. I pray that You guide me through the path of righteousness every day of my life for Your glory’s sake. In Jesus’ name I pray, Amen!