To many, culture has demarcated a path and a mentality that is not always the right one. The lack of paternity or communion with our natural parents towards us leaves a void and a lack of identity that with time becomes normal. That way most of us find it difficult to take our proper place as children of God or enter into a relationship with our Heavenly Father since we do not know and never learned to have a true relationship with our earthly parents. Sometimes when things happen in a different way than what we expected; we blame God, or that maybe we’re not enough for God to be heard, but truth is it has to see more with us than any other thing.
In Luke 15: 11-32 we see the story of a father and his sons: the parable of the prodigal son: we can see a clear example of God’s love for the one who has lost it’s way. We are going to compare the story with reality; which in this case of the story, God typifies a Father.
When one of his sons asked for his inheritance, the father called both of them and gave each one what corresponded. One decided to leave (breaking his relationship) and the other stayed with his father.
The son who left spent all his money and started to be in need. He didn’t know how to make a good spend of what he had, so he wasn’t ready to receive it. Many times we are not ready – mature – to receive things.
When we decide to hurry and carry out our own plans, God process starts for us, which leads us to always consider that we should wait for God’s time and His plans for us.
So this son, had hard times when he was in need and found himself in poverty. This way this hard process led the son to wake up and understand his mistake. He decided to go back to his father and he was received with love.
God always waits for us with love when we recognize our mistakes before Him. We should always wait for God’s timing over every single thing in our lives. If we go forward in acquiring or satisfying our personal desires, we can lose what God had for us when we go after something that would possibly not be the best for us.
We do not want our plans to ruin the original plans that God had for us:
“My thoughts are nothing like your thoughts,” says the LORD. “And my ways are far beyond anything you could imagine. Isaiah 55:8.
”For I know the plans I have for you,” says the LORD. “They are plans for good and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope.” Jeremiah 29:11.
God first prepares us to give us our inheritance. For this, we need to have a relationship with him, a daily communion. We must always seek God’s approval in ALL things and not do things in our own way.
His brother noticed that his brother came back home and he was upset. He was jealous because his father had made a feast in honor to his brother. He stayed with his father all this time and he considered his father never did a feast to him or something similar, yet he didn’t have a true relationship with his father. He worked with his father identifying himself as a worker and not as a son.
• The son had no identity of son but as a simple worker of his father.
• The youngest son had the right identity of son.
• The father was loving with his two sons.
We can say: communion and parenting is really important for us. It builds up the identity of a child. It always comes by revelation. Our identity comes to be revelated to us when we have a relationship with God.
The difference between them is one of them had identity and the other didn’t.
God’s plans are always better than our plans
He will always give us of what is better for us.
(Even in the hard times when we don’t understand)
God is a loving father and wants to have a relationship with us at all times, to face everything in life and the final purpose of it is to glorify Him through everything.
We should not worry about our future
God has an agenda for your life; it has been specially designed for us. That is why we must be attentive to Him to fulfill His purpose in us every day.
”Don’t worry about anything, but pray and ask God for everything you need, always giving thanks for what you have.”
In this story, who you identify with?
Do you identify yourself with the eldest borther? Or the youngest one?
The beautiful thing of this story is; even if you identify with the one who lost everything, or the one who stayed; the Father will be loving and forgiving for both of the casses. If you’ve misspent what God gave you or maybe you tried to make things in your own timing, remember God is a God of second chances, forgiving and loving; He’s waiting for your process to change you so you can come to understand God’s will and purpose for you. And also he wants to give you His identify and his confidence in Him that everything will be ok; he provides exactly what you need in the time you need it. That’s why it is very important to have a relationship with Him, so he can gives us His identity.
Finally: let’s take care of our relationship with our Heavenly Father. Bearing in mind that only by having a true relationship with Him we can know the will of God for our lives so that we can follow His purpose for our lives.