Week 42 The Power of Pain is a Blessing (Pain Can Be a Blessing)
S: Luke 15:17 – 20
“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.
O: Sometimes pain is the only way to get our attention and it’s blessing or benefit comes when it causes us to make a move we should have already made. So many times we overstay our “welcome” in certain situations and the price we pay is pain. We feel the pain mentally and emotionally because deep within we know that we can do better than what we are experiencing. When we look at today’s scripture of focus, nobody had to announce to the prodigal son that it was time to go back home. The pain of his circumstance brought him to that conclusion and pushed him to act! His actions brought him much more than he expected! The acceptance, love and celebration from his father! When we feel pain, especially when it is caused by our own actions, we might feel unworthy and as a result, decide to stay in our mess. We tell ourselves God is not happy with us and until we can make it right, there is no point trying to talk with Him.
**NEWSFLASH!!** Unlike how we humans may operate, God is always ready to accept us, never stops loving us, and can’t wait to celebrate our return!
A: It doesn’t matter where you are now or what you have done, you can reach out to God from where you are. If you are feeling distant or even totally disconnected, reach out to God right this instant without any delay. He is waiting for you.
P: Lord thank you for your love that covers me, that accepts me, forgives me, and celebrates me. Thank you for always answering my call even when I don’t feel worthy.