Divine Bread/Living Water: Give Us this DayApril 26, 2017
Divine Bread/Living Water: The Road Less TraveledMay 6, 2017
Romans 8:38-39 NIV:
For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.
ince Eden man has had an urge to demand his own way, manage his own affairs, and then run and hide when he messes it all up. Adam and Eve hid in Eden so that God couldn't see them naked; failing to remember that He had always seen them naked. God called for Adam, "Where are you?" even though He knew exactly where Adam was. He wanted Adam to acknowledge where Adam was to Him.
Unlike the Prodigal Father, the vastness of God does not relegate Him to a porch in heaven to anxiously wait for us to return when we stray. His presence follows us through the sun, rain, darkness, pain, rebellion, frailty and failure. The Psalmist wrote in Psalm 139, "Where can I go from your Spirit? Where can I flee from your presence? If I go up to the heavens, you are there; if I make my bed in the depths, you are there.
There have been times in my life that, like the prodigal, I have demanded my way and have run as fast as I could in a direction I thought was away from Father. Sometimes my flight lasted only a few steps; sometimes I ran for years. I have stood in the muck of my mess and contemplated the long journey home, asking how do I get back home? Where do I find the strength to return and how far and how long will it take?
What I have found, to my great joy, is that, unlike the prodigal father, God's vastness overcomes all time and space. Father is found in the penthouse and the pig sty, in the bar and the prison, in the crack house and the whorehouse, in the lonely alley and the crowded room. You see, when we finally come to our senses and long to return home, regardless of how long or how far we run, the trip back home is quick and short. We only need to turn around, and there is our Father welcoming us with loving arms.
Don't fall for the lie that we can run so far we can't get home. When we find ourselves feeling away from God, whether it seems minutes and steps, or years and miles, don't waste time or energy contemplating a hard journey home; simply turn around. He is always there. He is everywhere, and His forgiveness is extravagant.
Where is that place you run to in order to hide from God? What are the things you are hiding from God that you know He knows? Turn around! You will never find a prodigal that has really turned around who regrets it.
Prayer for the Day
Abba Father, remind me how big You are every day. Help me turn to face You every moment. When I wander, remind me that I am never lost - only facing in the wrong direction. Cause me to turn around quickly and relish every moment in Your loving care for in You presence is the fullness of joy. Amen.