Understanding God’s heart will build our faith over the holiday season. ‘Tis the season to go out and get everything you could ever want and more – and don’t worry about paying for it until next year. It is easy to forget about God in the rushing around to get the best deals, but only with our faith in God can we really gain everything.
“The older brother became angry and refused to go in. So his father went out and pleaded with him. But he answered his father, ‘Look! All these years I’ve been slaving for you and never disobeyed your orders. Yet you never gave me even a young goat so I could celebrate with my friends. But when this son of yours who has squandered your property with prostitutes comes home, you kill the fattened calf for him!’ “‘My son,’ the father said, ‘you are always with me, and everything I have is yours.
Do you believe that God is always with you?
The older son in this story was so focused on himself that he didn’t value the relationship he had with God – he referred to himself as a slave and not as a son. The older son had the same heart of selfishness, bad attitudes, and doubts that the younger son had because he didn’t see God’s heart. God wants to be with us all of the time and he knows that a close relationship with him will satisfy us like nothing else will.
Do you believe God wants to share everything he has with you?
The older son was jealous of the love, compassion and kindness that his father was showing his younger brother. Competing and comparing ourselves to others will lead to emptiness and discouragement. When we are focused on others we will miss out on the inheritance and on the celebration God has for us. Our faith will grow when we believe the scriptures that tell us everything God has is ours!
God wants to be with us and he wants to share all he has with us – who could ask for more in a relationship. Over this holiday season, God wants us to celebrate his relationship with us and our inheritance that we will receive.
Scriptures for further study: Luke 15:1-31, Matt 28:18-20, Psalms 139, James 4:8, Psalms 73:23-29
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