Thursday, January 8, 2015

Fritter (Luke 15.11-32)

Good morning all,

The word of the day is “fritter.”  One of the more prominent stories in the Bible is that of the prodigal son.  This tale of two brothers gives us perspective on how they respond to a relationship with their father.  There are quite a few things that we can learn from this story, depending on where we stand in our relationship with God the father at any given moment in our lives.  I remember reading it for the first time when I was pretty young, and related to the younger brother.  And now, because I have moved along in my faith over these years I sometimes relate also with the older brother.

“So the father divided the property between them. It wasn’t long before the younger son packed his bags and left for a distant country. There, undisciplined and dissipated, he wasted everything he had. After he had gone through all his money, there was a bad famine all through that country and he began to hurt. He signed on with a citizen there who assigned him to his fields to slop the pigs. He was so hungry he would have eaten the corncobs in the pig slop, but no one would give him any.” ~Luk 15.12-16

My question is: where is your standing with God in the beginning of this New Year?  As we see in the above passage, the younger son caused quite the fiasco for this father. Later on in the story is when the older brother gives his thoughts on the matter, not understanding why the father would eventually take the younger son back in, after he had just frittered away his portion of the inheritance.  There is so much going on in this parable that I have continued to study it over the years. My prayer is that you take some time to gain perspective on where you are in relationship to God.  Whether you are doing awesome, horrible, or somewhere in between, it’s always good to know so that God might be able to guide you through each season of life.

Praying for you,


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