The younger son, the prodigal one asked his father for the unthinkable and abominable
– he demanded for his portion of the father’s inheritance. He indirectly wished and
wanted his father dead, like Absalom wanted his father David dead (2 Sam 15). His
father out of a good heart – a heart of love and benevolence, gave him the portion of
the inheritance due to him. Thereafter, he journeyed to a far country, far away from his
father and family. He wasted all he had with him.
Some of the wicked acts demonstrated by the prodigal son are described in 2 Tim 3:2-4,
lovers of themselves, lovers of money, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to
parents, unthankful, unholy, unloving, unforgiving, slanderers, without self-control,
brutal, despisers of good, traitors, headstrong, haughty, lovers of pleasure rather than
lovers of God. For emphasis, he was indeed selfish and inconsiderate.
The prodigal son did not consider his father’s heart, his father’s feelings and emotions.
He ignored and overlooked the hurt to his father; he could care less – he wanted his
father dead anyways. He did not value any relationship with his father. He cared less
about the hurt and pains his actions would cause his father.
We must as children of God realize that our actions either cause our Father – God, to
rejoice or bring Him grieve (Gen 6:6 NLT). Our actions also have effects on God. What
kind of son are you? I ask you today to look into the Father’s heart, feel the Father’s
heartbeat, and see whether you bring Him joy or otherwise. Even though the Father
loves you, are you pleasing Him Matthew 17:5?
Prayer point: Father, in any way I have belittled your love for me, please forgive me.
Going forward, please grant me the grace to please you always like Jesus did.