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Daily Devotional 15 Sept 2020
Today's devotional is more of a meditation...
We serve a Heavenly Father who 'runs' when He catches sight of His returning children. He patiently waits for us 'to come to our senses' and realize that trying to live life by our terms only leaves us up in the proverbial pig-pen. God will continue His watching and waiting--He never puts barriers in the way of our return. He also never gives up hope, all the while holding back from making the demand that we return--He honours our free choice. He does not force us to choose Him, and yet is ready and willing to run to us to close the distance between us at the first sign of our change of heart!
Consider Jesus' story of the Prodigal Son.
"To illustrate the point further, Jesus told them this story: “A man had two sons. 12 The younger son told his father, ‘I want my share of your estate now before you die.’ So his father agreed to divide his wealth between his sons. 13 “A few days later this younger son packed all his belongings and moved to a distant land, and there he wasted all his money in wild living. 14 About the time his money ran out, a great famine swept over the land, and he began to starve. 15 He persuaded a local farmer to hire him, and the man sent him into his fields to feed the pigs. 16 The young man became so hungry that even the pods he was feeding the pigs looked good to him. But no one gave him anything.
17 “When he finally came to his senses, he said to himself, ‘At home even the hired servants have food enough to spare, and here I am dying of hunger! 18 I will go home to my father and say, “Father, I have sinned against both heaven and you, 19 and I am no longer worthy of being called your son. Please take me on as a hired servant.”’
20 “So he returned home to his father. And while he was still a long way off, his father saw him coming. Filled with love and compassion, he ran to his son, embraced him, and kissed him. 21 His son said to him, ‘Father, I have sinned against both heaven and you, and I am no longer worthy of being called your son.[a]’
22 “But his father said to the servants, ‘Quick! Bring the finest robe in the house and put it on him. Get a ring for his finger and sandals for his feet. 23 And kill the calf we have been fattening. We must celebrate with a feast, 24 for this son of mine was dead and has now returned to life. He was lost, but now he is found.’ So the party began.
If you have found yourself in the 'pig pen' of life and have 'come to your senses' know that God is waiting...He's watching...and He is ready to take off running to you, should you decide to return to His embrace!
First licensed for pastoral ministry in 1994, Pastor Jane Peck has served in camp and church ministries in three denominations, five provinces and in a variety of roles. Her most recent position is that of Pastor at Hope Chapel which she began in 2020. She is excited to see what God can and will do in the days to come!