February 23, 2022
As we pick up our discussion of Luke 15:11-24, it’s good to take note of what we have discovered so far. The younger son has rejected the Jewish tradition of how families were to inherit property and valuables from parents. We saw that the root of this request from the younger son to his father was that he wanted to live on his terms and go his own way.
This is of course how all sinners are. Sinners want to go their own way, apart from God. It’s the very thing Adam and Eve decided to do when they went after their independence. I think of Jacob too when he stole his brother’s birthright. The independent acts of the younger son would now deepen his own troubles.
Let’s look at verse 13: “Not many days after, the younger son gathered all he had and took a journey into a far country and there he squandered his property in reckless living.”
As is the case in most instances, unfortunately, sinful thinking will quickly lead to sinful actions. Garbage in, garbage out as the saying goes. He had formulated the plan to get what he could from his father and now with valuables in hand, he set out on his own.
Not many days afterward he left and I’m surprised it took him that long. He had his plan in mind and you wonder how many times during those few days he might have had doubts about what he was going to do. Nevertheless, he went as far away as he could from his father. He went to a far country and lived how he wanted. That far country was bound up in his heart and was a desperate and decisive path to living apart from any requirements of his father. And that is how so many treat God. They may never say it, but they act it out just the same. The far country is the place where people believe they can do what they want, all without consequence and apart from the watchful eyes of the Father. How wrong they are.
The “living” he did required of him everything he had. He set out with pockets full but ended up wasting everything. Sin in our life robs us the same way. Sinfulness sets us apart from God and wastes our resources, our youth, our opportunities, and our rewards. Sin takes everything and still never satisfies.
Remember: “It’s the Situation Keeping My Connection with Him”.
I’m Lori Stith, The Stoicess, and I believe in You!
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