There was only one way out of the mess the prodigal son had made of his life – he had to return to his father. As I think of his situation, sometimes I wonder how long he agonized over this difficult decision. How could he have any assurance that his father would take him back? After all of his foolish and shameful actions, didn’t he risk the possibility of rejection? Was the trip back home really worth the risk?
While you and I have the benefit of knowing how this parable ends and what it means, could the prodigal have foreseen the outcome of his bold decision? Did he hearken back to the love and tenderness of his father? My guess is that he knew the same thing about his father that you and I know about our Heavenly Father, and like us, needed to be reminded of this truth:
“…The Lord, the compassionate and gracious God, slow to anger, abounding in love and faithfulness, maintaining love to thousands, and forgiving wickedness, rebellion and sin…” Exodus 34:6-7a
The Heavenly Father’s capacity to love us goes beyond what our human minds can fully conceive. Perhaps this is why the Apostle Paul prayed that the church would be able to comprehend “how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ.” (Eph. 3:18) God’s love is so great that it not only knows no bounds, but there is nothing in all of creation that can separate us from it! (Rom. 8:39)
As children of a gracious and merciful God, this should give us the confidence to go to our Father at any time with anything. We know that he can restore relationships, heal our brokenness, and redeem our sorrows. He loves the unlovable, forgives the unforgivable, and, though it’s not easy, He helps those who are peacemakers to do the same. Together, let us ascend to the Father because… He is compassionate!
Up Ahead on “The Path”…
Why should we go to our Father in our times of conflict and trouble? We’ll take a look at yet another reason in next week’s post. Thanks again for reading The Path of a Peacemaker blog, and please keep sharing it with your friends and family! Click here to learn more about Peacemaker Ministries.
Dale Pyne – CEO, Peacemaker Ministries
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