No past is good enough to make our present bad and our future worst.
What put the prodigal son in poverty was not the fact that he squandered his inherited wealth; if the prodigal son had gone back to his father immediately his wealth was exhausted, he wouldn’t have been a victim of the famine. It was his strained relationship with his father that put him in the trouble he went through.
THE POWER OF OUR PAST OVER OUR PRESENT IS A PRODUCT OF OUR STRAINED RELATIONSHIP WITH GOD.
IF WE WOULD GO BACK TO GOD IN GENUINE REPENTANCE, OUR PAST WILL LOSE IT’S POWER TO PUT US IN PERIL.
God has no problem restoring us, we are the ones that finds it difficult to retrace our steps back to him.
While the father has already forgiven the prodigal son of his mistake (which is the squandering of his inheritance not his request for it), the prodigal son is still seeing himself as too faulty to be accepted by his father. DO NOT ALLOW YOUR PAST TO DEFINE YOU, IT WILL DESTROY YOU. The fact that he was a prodigal son has not stopped him from being a beloved son to his father. ANY PAST THAT STOPS OUR FELLOWSHIP WITH GOD WILL STALL OUR PROGRESS IN LIFE. We don’t have to be a victim because of our past error,
A RESTORED RELATIONSHIP WITH GOD WILL STOP OUR PAST FROM PUTTING OUR PRESENT IN TROUBLE.
We really don’t have to suffer because of anything, we don’t have to. Past or no past, famine or no famine, nothing is good enough to put us in trouble presently.
THE HORRIBLE PAST OF CHRIST FOR OUR SAKE IS POWERFUL ENOUGH TO STOP OUR TERRIBLE PAST FROM MAKING OUR PRESENT AND FUTURE MISERABLE; Famine does not mean we should be famished our distance from God is the factor behind our squalor; come back home beloved, the father awaits.
Culled from Luke 15:11-32.
Afolabi Hezekiah Abiola is a Christian based in Oyo state who enjoys meditating on God’s word and engaging the results of his meditation… He is called to bring the wisdom and power of God to men through the communication of the word of God, this he does through his writings and talks.