And he said, A certain man had two sons: And the younger of them said to his father, Father, give me the portion of goods that falleth to me. And he divided unto them his living. And not many days after the younger son gathered all together, and took his journey into a far country, and there wasted his substance with riotous living. And when he had spent all, there arose a mighty famine in that land; and he began to be in want. And he went and joined himself to a citizen of that country; and he sent him into his fields to feed swine. And he would fain have filled his belly with the husks that the swine did eat: and no man gave unto him. And when he came to himself, he said, How many hired servants of my father's have bread enough and to spare, and I perish with hunger! I will arise and go to my father, and will say unto him, Father, I have sinned against heaven, and before thee, And am no more worthy to be called thy son: make me as one of thy hired servants. And he arose, and came to his father. But when he was yet a great way off, his father saw him, and had compassion, and ran, and fell on his neck, and kissed him. And the son said unto him, Father, I have sinned against heaven, and in thy sight, and am no more worthy to be called thy son. But the father said to his servants, Bring forth the best robe, and put it on him; and put a ring on his hand, and shoes on his feet: And bring hither the fatted calf, and kill it; and let us eat, and be merry: For this my son was dead, and is alive again; he was lost, and is found. And they began to be merry.
Today’s Morsel: I grew up attending church, but I will tell you that my heart was far from serving God. I went to church, but I will be honest, I had very little idea what it was about or what I should be doing. I had one and a half foot in the world and the other half foot in the church when my parents made me go, or I felt a need to go. Now I’ve learned that it’s better to be in the house of God than to dwell in the world. I believe that the story of the Prodigal Son, told by Jesus, was to give us an understanding of how easy and destructive the world can be when there is no godly wisdom involved. This story also teaches that money cannot buy happiness, and when we are outside of the will of God we can find ourselves in places that we will wish we were not. And it further teaches that God still loves us even though we sometimes make foolish decisions.
Sing: Jesus, hold my hand, Lord I need Thee every hour, through this pilgrim land, protect me by Thy saving power; Hear my feeble plea, O’ Lord, look down on me. When I kneel in prayer I hope to meet you there, blessed Jesus hold my hand.
Thought For Today: Don’t let money pull your heart from God.