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"The Day God Ran"

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"But I am poor and needy; Make haste to me, O God! You are my help and my deliverer; O LORD, do not delay."


Psalm 70:5

I love the story of the Prodigal Son that Jesus shares in Luke 15 for the simple reason it is Jesus telling us the story and He wants nothing more than for His disciples to know what His dad is like. If you have ever wanted to get a mental picture of how God responds His children when we sin terribly and are overcome with remorse and feel as if there is no way we could ever come back home to God this is one story you don't want to miss. It seems like every time I read the story of the Prodigal Son, God reveals something fresh about His love to me. Yesterday was no different. What was different though was how the Lord got my attention.

Late last night after finishing my devotional and heading to bed I was going through my Instagram feed when a really legit pair of green running shoes appeared. As I sat there starring at the shoes on my laptop I felt as if the Lord was speaking to me. No, He wasn't encouraging me to buy the shoes. What God shares is far more lasting. It was as if God spoke these words, "The distance from Me is further than the distance to Me". For a long minute I sat there having no idea what that could mean. Then suddenly Luke 15 came to mind.

As I opened my bible to read the story once again I immediately understood what the Lord was communicating to me. Imagine being the Prodigal Son and walking away from your father, literally. The son took his portion of his fathers inheritance and he traveled the Bible tells us "to far country" which means he traveled a long distance away, about as far away as he could possibly get. You get the picture.

After squandering all that he had on prodigal living we pick up the story in verse 17, "But when he came to himself, he said, 'How many of my father's hired servants have bread enough and to spare, and I perish with hunger! I will arise and go to my father, and will say to him, "Father, I have sinned against heaven and before you, and I am no longer worthy to be called your son. Make me like one of your hired servants." Its at this point in the story where the Lord wanted to draw my attention. Remember, I was starring at these green shoes on my computer screen and the Lord prompts my mind with these words, "The distance from Me is further than the distance to Me."

At this point you might be thinking, what I was thinking? In my mind it seemed the distance from the Father would be equal to the distance back to the Father. That seems logical until you read verse 20, "And he arose and came to his father. But when he was still a great way off, his father saw him and had compassion, and ran and fell on his neck and kissed him." Did you get it? I hope you are as excited as I was when I got it. To think, the distance back to God really is shorter than the distance from Him because as soon as we turn towards home and back to the Father, He begins to make His way towards us until He just can't contain Himself any longer and He starts running towards us until He reaches us and then falls on our neck and kisses us!

Maybe you feel like you are too far from God, as you have been wandering for a long time now and your prodigal living has carried you "to far country" as it were and now you are so tired and worn out you don't even think you have the energy to make it home even if you wanted too. Don't buy into the devils lie! God wants you to know today, loved one, that the distance to Him is closer than the distance from Him! Don't be afraid to admit you are wrong. Have faith in God! Take that first step towards home knowing that when you do the Father will make His way to you! Home is not as far as you think! In reality, its only one step away!


"Behold, the LORD'S hand is not shortened, That it cannot save; Nor His ear heavy, That it cannot hear."

Isaiah 59:1

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