Jesus continued: There was a man who had two sons. The younger one said to his father: Father, give me my share of the estate. – Luke 15:11-12
We read the story of the prodigal son in Luke 15:11-32 – a wonderful story about God’s fatherly love. It is the story of a father with two sons. One of the sons goes away and ends up in a companion of the pigs. He is completely broken and defeated. When he left with his bag full of money, he must have thought: I have everything I need to become successful; I am going to make it in this world!
You can find your own solution to the problems and you are able to find the inner strength to overcome difficulties. But when your own strengths and other qualities, which you heavily depend on, are exhausted, you will face great poverty and famine in your soul. You will not know what to do and you will often not see the way out. You might end up at the pigs’ cage of the evil one. You will be dying of spiritual hunger and you will long for God’s love.
This is exactly what happened to the prodigal son. He reached the lowest point in his life and was broken as he sat down with the pigs. However, it was at this place that he started to think where the pleasure of the world had brought him. He thought of the love and abundance he once had with his father. ‘Then he came to himself and said: ‘I will set out and go back to my father.’ He did this and when his father saw him from a distance, the father ran to meet him and hugged him.
You do not read that the son went back to the father because he loved his father. The son was sorry and did not feel worthy to be a son, but he did not say: ‘Father, I am back, because I love you so much.’
What do I want to emphasis saying this? I want you to know that this story beautifully describes the love of the Father. The love of God is not because we first loved Him. No, the truth is that God loved us when we were far away from Him. God’s love is for everyone!