August 17

This is not working out!    

By: Valery Dierdorf          

Luke 15:11-32

Ever felt like a failure?  Ever say, “boy, did I blow that one!”

“I feel so unlovable, and rightfully so, with what I did.”

Ever feel like they will never be able to forgive me?

Quite different than awhile back when it was all about me, my time, my way! And feelings of who cares what they think or feel anyway! It’s my ‘right’.

I have to admit I’ve never known a time that doing wrong brought long-term or permanent success. At some point, an epiphany, coming to one’s senses, must happen.

The beautiful part of this story is the father hadn’t moved away. The father kept the faith and kept watching for his return. The father was full of compassion and ran to meet him. He never rubbed it in or humiliated him, but instead welcomed him back and in good standing. The past was just that- the past! Never, never, never to be held against him.

In the same way, this is an example of God and us.  Nothing is greater than God’s love for us or means more than our return to Him. The moment we look to Him, he will run to meet us and love us and restore us and welcome us home.

Thank you, Lord, for loving me when I was unlovable and at my worst. Thank you for your mercies that are new every morning. Thank you that my salvation is not because of my goodness—but totally because of yours.

 

 

 


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