We know the prodigal son as the young man that demanded his inheritance and then went to a far-off land and wasted all his money on a sinful life. When there was nothing left, he sat with the pigs, thinking about the food in his father’s house. He longed to go back and decided to return to his father.
While he was walking back, I think he anticipated the different kinds of reactions his father could have had.
His thoughts must have been something like: “What if my father doesn’t want me back?” What if my father doesn’t even want to see me?” “I wonder if he will take me back as a slave.”
Isn’t this sometimes how we feel when we come to our heavenly Father? We feel that because of our past, God does not want to see us. And maybe if He will allow us into His presence, it will be as slaves.
When the son however reached his father, he did not anticipate the reaction he got…
20So he got up and came to his [own] father. But while he was still a long way off, his father saw him and was moved with pity and tenderness [for him]; and he ran and embraced him and kissed him [fervently].
The father saw him while he was still a long way off, moved with compassion he ran to him and then embraced and kissed him!
Your Father sees you, even when you are a long way off. He has His eyes on you and He is moved with pity and tenderness towards your circumstances. If you want to come into His presence He will run to you and embrace you with His presence!
On Sunday we saw broken people returning to their far-seeing Father, experiencing the joy and freedom of being back in the Father’s house. If you are not home yet, won’t you do the same?