The Prodigal Son – A fresh view

I was awake at 4am a few mornings back, I had been tossing and turning and could not get back to sleep. I picked up my Kindle to continue reading Brian Zahnd’s latest book, “Sinners in the Hands of a Loving God” of which I am still in the early stages of.. Brian in one of the early chapters refers to the parable of the Prodigal Son in order to illustrate a point about the nature of a loving God. As I read the chpater I came to see the story of the Prodiogal Son in a completely new light.

I saw that the son was never actually lost, he had always been the son of his father, he was still the son of his father while he was away from home and he continued to be so when he came back home. His relationship (or sonship) with his father never changed while he was up to his neck in Pigs**t, just his view or perception of it. His father never stopped loving him, it was the son’s view of his fathers love that changed while he was away. He didn’t need to come crawling back to his father pleading forgiveness, his father welcomed him back with open and loving arms and he put the ring and cloak on his son to re-affirm his sonship.

So what I understood is that when the Prodigal Son went his own way, or when we go our own way in this life and do out own thing, no matter what pigs**t we end up in, it is not God’s love for us which changes nor his view of us, nor out relationship with him, it is our view of God that changes, we think how can he love us and we seperate ourselves from God in our own minds. It is not God’s mind about us which needs to be changed but our mind about God!

 

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A Faithful God

I admit that I often struggle with the Christian Faith

I struggle to read the word of God regularly

I struggle to pray regularly

I struggle to Love others as the Bible teaches me to

I struggle to live by faith

I struggle with the temptations of this world

I have wanted at times to give and go my own way

BUT

There is nowhere else to go

There is no-one else reliable and trustworthy enough to put my Trust in

There is no other Truth but in God, through Christ alone

Even when I feel that God is against me, there is no-one else to go to, but to Him (Psalm 60)

Even when I fail and am not faithful to Him, He shows how great He is by His Faithfulness to me (Romans 3v1-8)