The God of Second Chances
Our text today is from Luke 15.
15:21 And the son said unto him, Father, I have sinned against heaven, and in thy sight, and am no more worthy to be called thy son.
15:22 But the father said to his servants, Bring forth the best robe, and put it on him; and put a ring on his hand, and shoes on his feet: 15:23 And bring hither the fatted calf, and kill it; and let us eat, and be merry: 15:24 For this my son was dead, and is alive again; he was lost, and is found. And they began to be merry.
This is the famous passage of the prodigal son. A father has two sons. One son leaves his father’s house with his half of the inheritance and goes out of town to one big party fest. He blows all his money and is reduced to slopping hogs just to eat. He realizes he has messed up, comes to his senses, and decides to return to his father and work for him as a servant.
While returning the father sees him afar off and runs to welcome him back and after his son repents and apologizes for the mess he's made. He then asks the father for a position as a servant. The father isn’t having it, but celebrates with a great banquet for his son’s return. The father forgives him of the mess he made, receives him back gladly, and they both rejoice together.
When I read this story I often remember that the Heavenly Father treats us the same way. Many many times we get sidetracked and out of God’s will only to find ourselves in a mess that we wish we were not in. Sin takes us farther than we wanted to go and leaves us there longer than we wanted to stay, and costs us much more that we were willing to pay. But thank God for the Father that is forgiving and one that has compassion on his own to give us second chances. He rejoices when we come to our senses, repents, and returns to him. He is waiting and watching for us.
In the story, the father sees his son first and runs to meet him which indicates the father was watching for him daily. What a great picture of the God we have!
Praise God for the God of second chances.
I have had needed them many times.
Remember, the Father is watching for you.