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In Need of the Lord’s Embrace

Weekly Devotionals

In Need of the Lord’s Embrace

Luke 15:11-32

11 Jesus continued: “There was a man who had two sons. 12 The younger one said to his father, ‘Father, give me my share of the estate.’ So he divided his property between them.

13 “Not long after that, the younger son got together all he had, set off for a distant country and there squandered his wealth in wild living. 14 After he had spent everything, there was a severe famine in that whole country, and he began to be in need. 15 So he went and hired himself out to a citizen of that country, who sent him to his fields to feed pigs. 16 He longed to fill his stomach with the pods that the pigs were eating, but no one gave him anything.

17 “When he came to his senses, he said, ‘How many of my father’s hired servants have food to spare, and here I am starving to death! 18 I will set out and go back to my father and say to him: Father, I have sinned against heaven and against you. 19 I am no longer worthy to be called your son; make me like one of your hired servants.’ 20 So he got up and went to his father.

“But while he was still a long way off, his father saw him and was filled with compassion for him; he ran to his son, threw his arms around him and kissed him.

21 “The son said to him, ‘Father, I have sinned against heaven and against you. I am no longer worthy to be called your son.’

22 “But the father said to his servants, ‘Quick! Bring the best robe and put it on him. Put a ring on his finger and sandals on his feet. 23 Bring the fattened calf and kill it. Let’s have a feast and celebrate.24 For this son of mine was dead and is alive again; he was lost and is found.’ So they began to celebrate.

Too often I find myself longing for someone who can make the things I’ve messed up right again and fix my problems. I long for someone to comfort me when I feel the sadness of life. My first reaction towards these longings is convincing myself that I need to toughen up and overcome my insecurities, sadness, and mistakes. How am I gonna get through the rest of life with these kinds of needy feelings? And although it is probably a good idea to confront my issues in some way rather than escape them, I find I often can’t do it on my own. I’m too afraid.

It’s when I have these feelings of fear and anxiety that I ask myself again, “Where is my relationship with my Father?” and I begin to notice the distance I’ve put between us. It happened unwillingly and subtly, but over time I was now far away. In my cloudy feelings of despair I hopelessly ask the question, “What should I do to stop feeling anxiety, sadness, or fear?” I hear the Spirit say to simply run back to the Father. He’s been waiting.

Distance from God is painful. Running into God’s arms is peace, safety, joy, and love.

With Jesus, my fears take a back seat because I remember I don’t have to make things better on my own. I can unclench my fists and allow Jesus’ promises be my hope. Jesus said He would never leave me. I am NOT alone in this! He will show me the path to strength and open my eyes to the Truth that there actually is hope that is bigger than the difficulties of life and joy that can be found when we get through the valley.

Whether you need to run back to our Father or whether you are already resting in Him, I pray this week is a week you will remember that there is no need to carry burdens that Jesus already carries for you and to enjoy the life He has given you today as you abide in Him.

With lots of love.