When God ran

prodigal_son“But while he was still a long way off, his father saw him and felt compassion, and ran and embraced him and kissed him.” Luke 15:20 (ESV)

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One of the occasions we struggle with having a proper view of God is when we fall into some type of sin. We commonly adopt the view of God as judge, ready to penalize us for our sin. We forget that Jesus has already paid the price for our sin. And Jesus paints a very different picture of God in His reaction to us as we repent from our sin.

When I was a youth leader at our local church, one of the songs that most moved me was entitled “When God ran”. The title is taken from the parable of the Prodigal Son, which as you remember, is told by Jesus.

The story of the Prodigal Son is meant to mirror our relationship with our heavenly Father. I just love the fact that in this story, Jesus chose to describe the reaction of this wealthy, respected earthly father as running to his son. Those who have studied the culture of ancient Israel will tell you that fathers did not typically run to their wayward sons, especially fathers with wealth.

Jesus purposefully reveals to us that our heavenly Father is very different than most earthly fathers. The rich father could have sternly waited for the son to arrive at his home to hear what he had to say for himself.

But Jesus describes the father as doing just the opposite.

He not only goes to his son…he runs to his son.

Immediately the father embraces and kisses his son. He barely listens to his apology. He is more concerned that his son has returned home and calls for a celebration.

If we happen to fall into some form of sin, our Heavenly Father is waiting for only one thing.

Will we turn back to Him in repentance for our sin?

The Father is watching and waiting to see if we will return to Him. He is not waiting to judge.

He is waiting to run and embrace us in our journey of repentance.

And He is ready to throw a party.

There is no reason to fear a Heavenly Father like that…

Prayer: help me see You as the God who rejoices when I turn from my sin. 

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