(I apologize for being a week late with this devotion. Motherhood calls and I struggled to get it written in time.)
This week's devotion from Miracles by Karen Kingsbury is based on Luke 15: 11-32, when Jesus tells the story of the lost son. Karen Kingsbury tells us the story of a young man who left his home to become a prizefighter and how God reached out to him to call him home. In Luke 15: 11-32, Jesus tells us a similar story of a young man who leaves home but returns to his father knowing he made a mistake.
This lesson can be applied to many of our lives today. Too often, many people are concerned about living the life they want to live, not the life that Jesus wants them to live. With the world we live in today, it's very easy to turn our backs on God and try to do things our way, even without realizing it. Unfortunately, it usually takes something drastic, tragic or heartbreaking for us to look to the one person to direct our lives...Jesus.
Think about your life. Are you living it for God and the way He is trying to get you to live or are you putting your own selfish desires first? I think we all need to examine our hearts and the different areas of our lives to be sure it's in line with what God desires. Let's turn our hearts and our lives over to God. Just like the father in the parable of the lost son welcomed his son home, our Heavenly Father will do the same for you.
"So he returned home to his father. And while he was still a long distance away, his father saw him coming. Filled with love and compassion, he ran to his son, embraced him and kissed him."