DAY 70

Today’s text is the parable of prodigal son and reading it, every verse throws something at you: why were there two sons? Why was younger bold enough to demand his inheritance? Why didn’t the older one say anything? The questions go on. However, I paused to reflect on the verse following his father’s decision to honour his request:

"And not many days after, the younger son gathered all together, journeyed to a far country, and there wasted his possessions with prodigal living"(Luke 15:13)

Alternative versions of scripture are even harsher in their description of how he he lived. Words used include ‘reckless, wild, and immoral. One version even says ‘he wasted his money living like a fool’. So we ask, how did he get here? Recall the first thing after receiving his inheritance was to ‘gather ALL of it and move to a FAR country- that was why.

In moving all he had, he thought to escape what His father represented- his influence and jurisdiction. What he deemed restrictive and limiting- he thought he had gained freedom. But that is deception at its peak, when one thinks they need no guidance for without the guidance he may have been unconsciously receiving from home, he lost his way quite badly.

Here is the take home message

‘it does not take very long for a person without guidance to wreck his world’.


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