“If my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and I will forgive their sin and will heal their land. Now my eyes will be open, and my ears attentive to the prayers offered in this place. I have chosen and consecrated this temple so that my Name may be there forever. My eyes and my heart will always be there.”
Life is not a bed of roses. It doesn’t matter who you are; you are going to face tribulation. Sometimes all you will see around you are dark clouds. And it matters not how hard you try to turn things around; nothing breaks in your favor. Now, you begin to wonder why me? But God answers with the question, “Why not you.”
As children of God, we must be steadfast in our commitment to Christ. We cannot be wishy-washy. The patriarch, Job was not, even when he lost everything, Peter was not, even as he languished in jail, Paul was not, despite many shipwrecks and imprisonment, and Jacob, the swindler, refused to let the angel go until he received a blessing.
Every one of the men mentioned above rises out of their tribulation better off than they were. And you can too. Just hold firm to God’s unchanging hands. And you also shall rise.
Jesus had just finished teaching, healing the sick, and casting out demons. The large crowd overwhelmed Him. He was tired, and He needed a break. So, He encouraged His disciples to crossed on the other side of the lake. The Bible said,” Jesus got into the boat and began sailing across the lake with his disciples. Suddenly, a fierce storm developed. And the strong waves were breaking into the boat. But Jesus was sleeping. The disciples were fearful for their lives. So they went and woke him up, shouting, “Lord, save us! We’re going to drown!”
Jesus responded, “Why are you afraid? You are men with weak faith!” Then He got up and rebuked the wind and waves, and immediately the waves receded. The disciples were perplexed. “Who is this, man?” they asked. “Even the winds and waves obey him” (Matthew 8:23-27).
The disciples had been with Jesus for a long time, still yet did not know Him. Even though they had seen Him cast out demons and healed the sick, yet they did not trust Him. Do you?
The story of the lost son/the prodigal son, which Jesus told in Luke 15:11-32, painted a picture of repentance and forgiveness. I learned the story in Sunday school class at a young age. And during that time and now, one must have read and heard the story read a million times.
Recently, I read a blog post on the popular website patheos.com titled: Lost Truths: What the Prodigal Son Mean. The author claimed the parable was misnamed, and it’s neither about forgiveness nor repentance. He also stated that the parable is an antisemitic allegory gone wild. I have never heard such nonsense and misinterpretation of the gospel. You may read the full post below: https://www.patheos.com/blogs/messyinspirations/2019/09/lost-meaning-prodigal-son-revealed/