'Live under the protection of God Most High and stay in the shadow of God All-Powerful.' Psalm 91:1 CEV
Why would the prodigal son walk out on his dad when he had everything he needed (read Luke 15:11-32)?
Because: (1) He took for granted the good stuff his dad did. That's why God told his people, 'Be careful that you do not forget the Lord, who brought you...out of...slavery' (Deuteronomy 6:12 NIV). At one point God told his people to take 12 stones, one for each tribe, and build a memorial. There was a reason the memorial stood there year after year; to remind the people of who God was, who they were, and the promises that bound them together. What would help you remember? (2) He didn't know what was 'out there.' The path that takes us away from God leads to pain, not gain. Ask those who've walked it. They'll say, 'Don't go there'. (3) He wanted his father's blessings but not his rules. He didn't like his dad telling him what to do. Sound familiar? Jesus said: 'Why do you call me, "Lord"...and do not do what I say' (Luke 6:46 NIV)?
You can imagine the prodigal son, storming out of his dad's house saying - 'I'll show you, you just wait and see.' Then he messed up and had to find the guts to fess up. Sometimes we can be so sure of what we want that we ditch God, determined that we know best
So what now? One of the hardest places to be is knowing you were wrong. The Bible says the son 'came to his senses' and knew he should head home. Do you?
Soulfood: Ecc 10-12, John 10:34-42, Ps 102:12-17, Prov 30:21-23