The story of the prodigal son (Luke 15:11-32) hits me and many others because it depicts the amazing love God has for us, no matter the condition we are in, if we repent and return, He will welcome us with the widest arms opened.
But studying on, the story of the elder brother stroke me so i asked, what then happens to this guy?
Looking at the scene, whiles the prodigal son was being welcomed from his money squandering trip, he was in the field working and sweating it out.
Does He not deserve to get angry?
Because looking at things, even if someone is supposed to get served, it should be the elder brother who returned from working the ground.
I like to relate this to our daily lives where faithful servant who have been with their masters through it all seems to be lacking in diverse ways( financial crises, family crises…) but the recently acquired asset of the master has a transformed life with all prayers answered at least to an extent, what can be seen.
How do you relate to this? When the lazy brother or friend always seem to be receiving all the good things whiles you still remain on the work field sweating it out but gaining nothing.
How do you feel when after your work people say it is well, and God bless you and nothing physical seems to be happening to you?
Does it generate hate in you? Or it strikes your anger cords.
This Situation is a painful one but what i realized is that, the elder brother did not go straight to the father and ask what was going on , he actually asked a third party(a servant) someone he is even higher than, who also added salt to injury by giving him irrelevant details that increased his fury.
Non of the servants understood what the father did and that was exactly what was given to the faithful son.The truth is you cannot give out what you do not have.
Many times the faithful servant is left unattended to because he is expected to behave and live in a certain way but forgetting he is human and sometimes the physical state takes hold of the spiritual and anger, pain, jealousy and the others set in.
The faithful servant also needs to be commended on a good job done, must be treated well, must be encouraged and above all feel loved.
Do not always say to the faithful servant, i expect you to know better because you have been here longer.
As Christians and workers in God’s vineyard sometimes just as the elder son did, when we have issues or problems, we do not go to the right source for the right answers and we end up cutting our wounds deeper than they already are.
Remember human minds are limited and cannot understand the ways of God until we have been given the limitless mind of Christ.
Do not look at the things happening around you, they will only break your fragile heart. The One who has called you is faithful and nothing He has said about you will Pass you by.
He is a rewarding Father and so take heart, be patient and always go to Him for Him to explain things to you when you lack understanding.
For the vision is yet for an appointed time;
But at the end it will speak, and it will not lie.
Though it tarries, wait for it;
Because it will surely come,
It will not tarry.
Most of us Christians know that the earth is the Lord’s and the fullness thereof, and if this is true then we are the richest but how come it is not reflecting in the pocket😅.
Ask the father and He will show you how to receive heaven on earth.
God bless you🙏
Father in the name of Jesus, thank you for the life given me this day. Indeed i am very much grateful.Forgive my errors and make me clean dear God.
Help me stay closer to you unwavering in all aspects of my life. Help me to wait for your appointed time even though it may tarry in Jesus name.
Thank you for making your ears attent unto my prayer, in Jesus name have i prayed with thanksgiving, Amen.