Daily Devo 13 June
…Let us revel and feast and be happy and make merry.— Luke 15:23 (AMPC)
From the book Love Out Loud – by Joyce Meyer
A well-known Bible story tells about a young man who left his father’s house to go out into the world and live life his own way. He wasted his entire inheritance, and finally ended up with a job feeding hogs and eating what they ate. He decided to return to his father’s house, realizing that he would have a better life as a servant to his father than living the way he was. Daily Devo 13 June
His father saw him coming in the distance and immediately planned a party, because he was thrilled that his son had come home. Everyone was enjoying the party, the music was loud, and the older son who was returning from working in the field heard it. He asked what was going on, and when he heard the news, he became angry and refused to go to the party. His father pleaded with him, but he chose to sulk. His bad attitude didn’t cause his father to stop the party, but it did keep him from enjoying it.
The older brother reminded his father that he had served and worked for him many years and never caused any trouble, and not once had anyone given him a party. His father replied that he could’ve had a party anytime he wanted one, because everything his father had was always his (see Luke 15:11-32). To me, this is a most amazing lesson, and one that we can’t afford to miss: God loves us, and all that He has is ours as long as we belong to Him. He appreciates our work and effort to please Him, but if we refuse to enjoy the benefits of being a child of God, that is our fault, not His. Decide to celebrate and enjoy life today…you’re a child of the King!
Prayer Starter: Father, please help me to not let frustration keep me from enjoying my life. Thank You for providing everything that I need today. In Jesus’ Name, amen.