“Still Calls Me Son”
by John Waller
The story we know as the parable of the prodigal son is one that has been explored from so many perspectives. May I encourage you to take a couple of minutes and just slowly read through this parable in Luke 15.11-32? Try to lay aside all that you’ve heard about it and lean in on the selfish foolishness of the wayward son.
Did you read it? I hope so.
Now imagine what it would be like as you were walking up the road that would lead back to your father’s house. Every foolish thing you had done that he warned you not to would be flashing through your mind. Every unseemly thing you’d done and every bad choice you’d made and every dime of your inheritance you’d wasted… all swirling around in your head.
Then as you round that last curve and you can see the place there is someone sitting out front of the house. You see him stand up and cover his eyes from the sun to see more clearly. You realize it’s your father. And suddenly he begins to run toward you.
Now listen to this song as you put yourself in that spot on the road with your father running to meet you.
Maybe it seems hard for you to put yourself in the place of that wayward son. I think that, if we really look honestly at our hearts, it’s pretty easy. And truthfully that’s the point of the parable. It’s not about the son at all. It’s about the relentless and forgiving love of the Father.
When you focus on the love and grace of the Father while you recognize yourself as the prodigal… how can you not be amazed by His grace?
You see, the wonder of grace is that it really isn’t about us at all. It’s who HE is. Whatever you’ve done, wherever you’ve been, however you’ve messed up… He loves you and waits with forgiveness if you will just turn toward Him. He will embrace you—but not because you’re not that bad but because HE is that good!
If you’ve been a follower of Jesus for some time, I hope you will take a moment to remember who He is and how He loves you.
Father, overwhelm me anew with the depth of Your love and grace toward me.
If you enjoy these musical devotional posts, let me know in the comments and feel free to suggest a song that speaks to you in a significant way.
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