June 19, 2012

Prodigal Children

Written by Boyd Bailey

Thoughts from daily Bible reading for today- June 19, 2012

“Eli’s sons were scoundrels; they had no regard for the LORD.” 1 Samuel 2:12

Prodigal children produce heartache and humility in the hearts of their parents. They also break the heart of God. Some, who have had the best of parents, have been the worst of sons or daughters. How can an ungrateful child grow up in a home full of grace and loving discipline? One reason is found in a heart that listens to unwise voices and is drawn by emotional duplicity. Satan’s foolish ploys easily sway kids into reckless living.

Even homes where Jesus is loved and worshiped as God may see their little ones grow up with no regard for the Lord. It doesn’t make sense to us that one sibling serves the Lord gladly, while the other has contempt for Christ. However, this is the laboratory of free will where the Holy Spirit allows us all of us to linger. We all have a choice for good or evil. In fact, even more disturbingly, some put on a façade of faith that is later exposed in adulthood.

“If one person sins against another, God may mediate for the offender; but if anyone sins against the Lord, who will intercede for them?” His sons, however, did not listen to their father’s rebuke, for it was the Lord’s will to put them to death.” 1 Samuel 2:25

There is a death that takes place in those who are repeat offenders of God. It may be the death of relationship between a mom and a daughter, or a father and a son. Rebellion kills the blessing of Christ and His sweet fellowship, as enmity against God leads to exclusion from God. In some cases a pattern of poor choices leads to death. Thus, we pray for our prodigal children to be stirred by the Spirit and to come to their senses.

If you are away from the Lord and the love of your mom and dad, come home before you reap regret for a squandered life. The hope of heaven may be your last hope, but it is your best hope. Jesus and your parents love you unconditionally and authentically. Spurn Satan’s schemes, get professional help, and cry out to God for mercy, grace and forgiveness. Come home to the sweet acceptance of Jesus and your mother and father.

“When he came to his senses, he said, ‘How many of my father’s hired servants have food to spare, and here I am starving to death! I will set out and go back to my father and say to him: Father, I have sinned against heaven and against you. I am no longer worthy to be called your son; make me like one of your hired servants.’ So he got up and went to his father.” Luke 15:17-20

Prayer: Dear Lord, I repent of my rebellion against You and my parents. Heal my heart.

Related Readings: Genesis 45:14-15; Leviticus 26:40; Hebrews 10:26; 2 Timothy 4:11

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  1. Jennifer says:

    Thanks, wise words of how Satan draws our loved one’s away from the King into lives that lead to death.

  2. Ben Lazar says:

    Boyd and team. I am very much blessed by your daily devotional; thought provoking and one of the ways I connect to God each and everyday.

    Lately I have been struggling with something you might consider writing about; competition in business.

    How do we compete fairly as devoted followers of Christ; what is fair and unfair competition?

    Rusty Gordon, my mentor, says only very positive things about you and hope to meet in you in the local ATL community or at a High Tech Ministries event.

    Blessings to all!

    Sincerely, Ben

  3. Wendy says:

    Thanks for your words of wisdom. I pray that my husband and sons will be lead back from the trap of the enemy’s snares that have them held captive. I pray that the Holy Spirit will stir their souls into repentance and to come home to their family.

  4. Cindy says:

    Very interesting topic. It is something I have been thinking about for a while now. My parents raised myself and 4 siblings in a very loving, christian home. At this point only myself and one other brother are following Christ. My father died in October of 2011 and it seems my family just gets further and futher from what Dad tried so hard to teach us. It breaks my heart and I don’t know how to deal with it. We were all raised the same.

  5. Fred says:

    Thank you for all of your wisdom. Do you have any words relating to how the father can cope with a prodigal son?

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