He Loves Me!
This devotional is a series of excerpts from Wayne Jacobsen's life changing book, He Loves Me! Download a PDF of this book by clicking the link below.
Day 9: A Father Like No Other
"The old man is a fool! And so is my brother. Good riddance to you all!"
If those weren't his words, they at least express his attitude. How he must have cackled in delight that his father had actually given him his share of the inheritance that he had demanded. He was finally free of his father and the hard work the family farm, too. With more money than he could imagine spending in a lifetime, he walked off to find himself in a world filled with opportunity.
All didn't go as he planned. How quickly his excessive pleasures devoured his money. Then when a severe famine swept his adopted country, he had to use what was left just to survive. But even that ran out eventually and he had to sell himself into slavery to a master who fed his livestock better than his servants.
One day he found himself coveting the slop tossed to the pigs, and only then did he think of home again. This time he did not loathe it, he longed for it. He had been better off at home. He wondered if it would be possible to go back there again.
Traditionally this story is called "The Parable of the Prodigal Son" and is one of Jesus' most poignant tales. It has been told and retold, because it is so easy to identify with the son and the mercy he received in spite of his arrogance and stupidity.
By calling it the Prodigal Son, however, we lose the central focus of the parable. He was only one of two brothers, each dealing with an estrangement from their father, albeit in vastly different ways.
The central character is the father himself and for that reason I wish it were called the "Parable of the Incredible Father." For Jesus used this story to paint a portrait of his Father, and believe me, this is like no father you've ever known.