And I admit there were times when I did wish I was closer to home or that I was accruing less debt, but those were the consequences of my decision.
Thankfully I had parents willing to co-sign loans and help me travel home when I needed to. And God does the same thing! Of course He wants the best for us and always wants us to obey Him, but He does not force us to. Just like any loving parent, He will sit with us and lay out pros and cons of a decision we are making.
Some of the ways He does this include: through His word, seeking Him in prayer, or speaking through others in our lives, God has many ways of talking to us. And He wants to talk to us! He wants us to seek Him diligently and to be involved in our lives. Sometimes He will flat out tell us not to do something, and yet we do it anyway and then we have to suffer the consequences of that choice. But being the loving Father that He is, God will never abandon us or leave us for orphans John , He will be with us to guide us and help us through whatever life brings our way.
The underlying lesson in these parables is that every sheep, coin, and person is valuable and precious to God. God does not leave us when we are lost, but diligently searches for us and rejoices when we are found. Jesus told these particular parables because the Pharisees and religious leaders at the time were slandering him for spending his time with tax collectors and sinners.
I just love that, because it shows how God is not prejudiced. He does not care what we look like, what our profession is, or what clothes we wear; He cares about the heart. The story of the lost son is about the youngest son in a family who asks for his inheritance from his father, who divides it up equally among his sons.
Now he is broke and so he finds work in this far off country but is still starving for food. Now here comes the best part! Scripture reads:. Now I have to bail him out and take care of him. I believe that this is how God feels about all of us, His children. He knows and understands that we are not perfect, and that, whether intentionally or not, there are going to be times when we miss the mark; and when we do, you can bet that God is going to be eagerly awaiting for us to return to Him.
He will be standing and actively looking for us on the horizon, and when He sees us He will be filled with joy and love for us, His beloved children. I do not have children, but I do have 3 nephews that I would give the world to. There is not anything that these precious boys could do that would make me stop loving them. Now I can only imagine how much that feeling multiplies for your own children!
There is not anything that He would not do for us or anything that we could do that would make Him stop loving us. How reassuring is that? Now I want to challenge you a little bit and bring a familiar scripture into a different light. We often hear 1 Corinthians 13 read at weddings and we think about how we are supposed to love others, specifically in marriage, but I challenge you to think of it as how God loves us. There is so much we can learn about having a relationship with God from this section of scripture.
God is patient, God is kind. God does not envy, God does not boast, God is not proud. God is not rude, He is not self-seeking, He is not easily angered, and He keeps no record of wrongs. God does not delight in evil but rejoices in the truth. He always protects, always trusts, always hopes, and always perseveres. God never fails. How great is it that we have a father that has all of these qualities? God is patiently waiting for us when we are led astray. He is kind to us. He is not envious of the relationships we have in our lives. He is always seeking our best interest.
He never gives up on us. Trisha Simmons on September 24, at am. Jennifer Taylor on May 1, at am. Darin on February 3, at pm. Lovely arrangement. Seth Hatch on August 9, at am.
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Beverly Johnston on June 26, at pm. Lanette Rodarte on June 6, at pm. Beautiful arrangement! Am wondering if it this could be used for a harp and piano? Nate on February 8, at pm. I played this in church as well.
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Or if he asks for a fish, will give him a serpent? I am uncertain whether my dad ever made a commitment to the Lord. You see … he had dementia for the last few years of his life. Still, in many ways, he set a good example for me. He also inadvertently pointed me toward my heavenly Father. I was able to share a portion of this passage from Matthew 7 with my dad many years ago.
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I let him know that it was because he loved me and provided for me that I could accept the fact that God was a l oving Father , One who could be counted on to take care of me and fulfill His promises. Because of this, it was much easier to believe God did, indeed, love me. I was humbled and appreciative—the way we should all feel about the rich and abundant blessings God pours out. My dad was a hard worker.
However, I do admire the example he set and try to emulate it, at least to a degree. He liked nothing more than to take long walks in the woods behind our home.