A certain prosperous man who had two sons, the younger of which said
to his father, “‘Father, give me my share of the estate.” (Luke 15:12)
Taking his inheritance with him, this young man wasted this inheritance
with riotous, wasteful, extravagant and sinful living.
Then a famine arose in the country where he lived so that he was in
great want. The prodigal son hits rock bottom in trying to do everything
on his own. The beauty of the moment is verse 18, when the reality of
his situation brought about the statement, “I will arise and go to my
father, and 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 15:18).
The young man felt the need to seek the forgiving and cleansing
grace of God. God opened his eyes, not simply to the bad decisions that
he was making, but to what was underneath those decisions – his own
pride and his own sinful way. The weight of sin crushes him as he sees it
committed before the living and the true God.
Brethren, when God makes Himself known to us as the mighty
God, as the Savior in Jesus Christ, then, no matter your earthly position
today, you will feel the need to thank Him. Whether your way is
outwardly one of ease and prosperity or whether your way today is one
of sickness and hardship, if you have been enveloped by the love of
God and been given by God forgiveness of sins, you will feel an
overwhelming desire to render thanks to God. (Psalm 103)
HAPPY THANKSGIVING SUNDAY!
PRAYER FOCUS. Father Lord, I believe you love me. Please forgive
me for my sins. Help me to be a thankful person.