A thought about the prodigal son’s father –
Luke 15:11-24 (KJV) And he said, A certain man had two sons: And the younger of them said to his father, Father, give me the portion of goods that falleth to me. And he divided unto them his living. And not many days after the younger son gathered all together, and took his journey into a far country, and there wasted his substance with riotous living. And when he had spent all, there arose a mighty famine in that land; and he began to be in want. And he went and joined himself to a citizen of that country; and he sent him into his fields to feed swine. And he would fain have filled his belly with the husks that the swine did eat: and no man gave unto him. And when he came to himself, he said, How many hired servants of my father’s have bread enough and to spare, and I perish with hunger! I will arise and go to my father, and will say unto him, Father, I have sinned against heaven, and before thee, And am no more worthy to be called thy son: make me as one of thy hired servants. And he arose, and came to his father. But when he was yet a great way off, his father saw him, and had compassion, and ran, and fell on his neck, and kissed him. And the son said unto him, Father, I have sinned against heaven, and in thy sight, and am no more worthy to be called thy son. But the father said to his servants, Bring forth the best robe, and put it on him; and put a ring on his hand, and shoes on his feet: And bring hither the fatted calf, and kill it; and let us eat, and be merry: For this my son was dead, and is alive again; he was lost, and is found. And they began to be merry.
The Father’s faith was not in his son, it was in The Son. He was broken hearted when his son left, but we know that The Son never leaves us or forsakes us. Because the father’s faith was in God, he did not sell the farm and follow his son into the world looking for happiness and satisfaction. He stayed true to God!
Can you imagine how disappointed the prodigal son would have been if he had returned, looking for safety and security, only to find that the father had sold the farm?
Many Christian parents have misplaced their faith, living for their sons and daughters instead of for the Lord. We may be disappointed in man, but never in God. The most important thing we can have for our family is steadfast faith in God.
They may go out into the world for a season, will they have something real to return to? The prodigal knew his father’s faith was firmly placed in God and he sought mercy, something he did not find in the world.
Will we be steadfast? Don’t sell out your faithfulness to God!
1 Corinthians 15:58 (KJV) Therefore, my beloved brethren, be ye stedfast, unmoveable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, forasmuch as ye know that your labour is not in vain in the Lord.