“Not many days later, the younger son gathered together all he had and traveled to a distant country, where he squandered his estate in foolish living.” – Luke 15:13
Lost things—and lost people—don’t always know they’re lost. Sheep don’t know they’re lost, but the shepherd does. A lost coin doesn’t know it’s lost, but its owner does. The prodigal son didn’t think he was lost. He thought he was living it up and enjoying the adventure of a lifetime, but if you had asked his father, he would have said, “My son is lost.” Where was the father when his son was lost? Some would argue that he never left home; he never went after his boy. But I believe that not a day went by that the father’s heart and mind were not with his younger son. Day after day, hour after hour, the father suffered the anguish and emptiness of being separated from his son.
Can you relate to the pain of being physically separated from a loved one? The spouse of a loved-one deployed in a foreign country goes to that country in their thoughts a thousand times a day. The parent of a sick child fights the disease just as surely as their child does – feeling every pain and setback.
The father’s heart for his lost son is a picture of the supernatural love of God for us. And here is what is amazing about our loving God: He sent His Son to rescue us – to pay the penalty for our sin on the cross and to restore us to a right relationship with the Father. Talk about an incredible, relentless love!
Are you lost? Maybe you haven’t realized it before, but God does. He’s offering you this redemptive love and reconciliation through the life, death, and resurrection of His only Son. Please don’t let another day go by without embracing the supernatural love of God. Jesus came to save us from our own self-destruction and lost-ness. Isn’t it time you let Him bring you home?