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.

When I was a youth leader at our local church, the worship song that most moved me was entitled “When God ran”. The title is taken from the parable of the Prodigal Son, the source of today’s verse.

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 safely returned home and calls for a celebration.

When we 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?

We must avoid picturing our heavenly Father as having His arms crossed with a stern look on His face in anger over our sin. Instead, we must adopt the picture so vividly given to us by Jesus. When we truly repent of our sin, we have a Heavenly Father who is waiting to run and embrace us in our journey of repentance.

And He is ready to throw a party…

Prayer: Lord, help me see You as a Father who rejoices when I turn from my sin.

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