A wonderful love
Many times when we read about the prodigal son, our attention is focused on the amazing love of God, demonstrated by the father in the parable. We delight in knowing that the Lord responds to us in the same way when we turn away from Him. But today I want us to think about our responsibility to love others. No matter how difficult the situation is, God has given believers in Christ the ability to respond with the same love.
Release . Although he had every right to refuse the foolish request of his second son, this father understood that the young man had already left his home in his heart. There may be times in our lives when the most loving thing we can do is also the most difficult: step back and let a loved one go their own way. If you resist and try to control the situation, you may actually be interfering with God’s plan.
Please wait . Once we have released, we then have to wait patiently for the Lord to do his work in that person’s life. Did you notice that the father did not go looking for his son? Even though she knew that this foolish decision would cause her son trouble and pain, he chose to trust God rather than try to fix the situation and protect his son from the consequences of his reckless decision.
The only way you can respond like this is to have confidence in the Lord’s plans for your loved one. God loves that person more than you can understand, and He knows the best way to reach a reluctant heart. Your job is to watch and pray until God brings the prodigal to reason.