So on Monday we once again convened at 2332 Haste St for our regular Bible Study. I was definitely feeling the drag of my impending midterms (two, and both on Thursday no less) so I was looking forward to hearing something that would perk me up. We covered the story of the prodigal son, and suffice to say I left the Bible Study feeling mighty loved, cherished and blessed.
One thing I particularly enjoyed was this: The story of the prodigal son is not primarily about the son (what??). It’s about the father! God’s love for us is so great that even when we are in our dirtiest and lowest (can’t get much lower than a pig sty), our Father will still embrace us, kiss us, and receive us back. The reason is this: servants can come and go, but sons are hard to come by. So when a prodigal son returns, it is really a joyous, glorious occasion, and a reason to celebrate.
Another thing that got me thinking was the matter of the older brother. He was diligently working for the father, but never got a single celebration like his younger brother did. And boy was he mad. But the father said this: “My son…you are always with me, and everything I have is yours” (Luke 15:31). That’s actually a tremendous blessing if you think about it–to have everything that the father has. May we learn to always be thankful and to constantly be reminded that we have this tremendous blessing, and in it we can truly (and should always) rejoice and be made glad.
Thank God for His endless love, and thank God for Monday nights.