“After he had spent everything, there was a severe famine in that whole country, and he began to be in need.” Luke 15.14
In the story of the Prodigal Son, this wayward boy - who at one time had been so rich - squandered every single penny of his inheritance. Yet despite this, the amazing compassion of his father remained undiminished. The son might have spent everything and exhausted all his resources, but he could never exhaust his father’s love.
You may be rich or poor, triumphing or failing in your Christian life, giving much or little to others - yet the one thing you also possess that can never be exhausted is the deep, personal love and compassion of Father God for you. This means that you are invited to simply whisper the word ‘Father’, in the complete and utter confidence that when God hears this word on your lips, he knows it comes from someone he loves deeply.
Whatever this day holds for you, live it in the confidence that you are deeply loved by Father God. Hold on to this and let it be personal for you.
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