Bible Study & Devotional (January 6, 2021)
Guiding Scripture: Matthew 7:7-8 “Ask, and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock, and the door will be opened to you. 8 For everyone who asks receives; the one who seeks finds; and to the one who knocks, the door will be opened.”
🔴 FOR WHAT ARE YOU SEARCHING?
Read the parable in the Bible Jesus taught about “The Prodigal Son” in Luke 15:11-32.
The younger son showed arrogance by asking his father to give him one-third of the estate he would inherit (Deuteronomy 21:17 – his older brother would receive two thirds), as was the custom. This son was riding high as long as he had money, fame, and status. But we learn he was brought to his knees when the cash ran out along with his temporary friends.
He did come to his senses because of his hunger to eat the pigs food.
This humiliating and degrading to Jews because unclean animals were off-limits to them. Read to see how the story ends.
Yes! The son left his Father’s estate because of selfishness.
He recognized his loss and returned home. His Father forgave him wholeheartedly because of his deep abiding love. The brother was suspicious of his brother and probably mixed with a little jealousy to not want to welcome him back into the fold.
Where are you on your faith journey? Are you living it up? Eating the slop of pigs, or are you suspiciously watching the repentant hearts return to our Abba Father?
You have a choice to forgive wholeheartedly and join the reunion. Christ commanded us to love the Lord God with all our heart, mind, and souls, AND our neighbor as ourselves.
Let us Pray: Lord Jesus, thank you for reminding us that every perfect gift and blessing comes from you. Please bind up our arrogance so that we won’t think too highly of ourselves. All that we are and ever hope to be; we owe it all to You. Thank you. Amen
~Diana L.W. Coleman
This devotional was submitted by Diana L.W. Coleman, a loving contributor to Our Given Purpose. Edited by Torrie Slaughter the founder of Our Given Purpose® in the Commonwealth of Virginia.
🔴 The Bible In A Year Daily Reading Plan
Genesis 13:5-15:21, Matthew 5:27-48, Psalm 6:1-10, Proverbs 1:29-33