Day 17 – “Coming To Our Senses”
17 ELUL 5769
“Coming To Our Senses: G-d Loves Us, He Really Loves Us”
In the gospels, Jesus told a parable about the prodigal son. If you follow the story closely, you will see as the son walking through the process of Teshuvah. What is Teshuvah? Repentance – turning. What did the “lost son” do? What steps did he take to return to his father? First of all, he came to his senses.
17“When he came to his senses, he said, ‘How many of my father’s hired men have food to spare, and here I am starving to death! 18I will set out and go back to my father and say to him: Father, I have sinned against heaven and against you. 19I am no longer worthy to be called your son; make me like one of your hired men.’ 20So he got up and went to his father. (Luke 15:17-20)
When he came to his senses? What does this mean? What did he come to his senses about? The Character of His Father. (Even his father’s servants had more than enough – they were being treated better than he was.) What made his teshuvah – repentance possible? It was “coming to his senses” about his father’s character.
How do we “come to our senses” and return? By first reflecting on the compassion and true character of our Heavenly Father. “He Loves Us, He Really Loves Us.” It is about TRUST – that G-d truly has our best interest at heart.
As Professor Brad Young says ” the Parable of the Prodigal Son” would be better titled “The Parable of the Compassionate Father.”
The father’s response to the son, totally surpassed what the son had rehearsed.
20″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.[a]‘
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. 23Bring the fattened calf and kill it. Let’s have a feast and celebrate. 24For this son of mine was dead and is alive again; he was lost and is found.’ So they began to celebrate.
Are you struggling with a sin, behavior or attitude that has separated you from G-d, from your family, from your true-self? It takes trust to return. Do you trust the character of your Heavenly Father? Do I trust the character of my heavenly Father to walk me through the process of Teshuvah – to be with me every step of the way. According to the parable, I can.
How about you? Are you ready for your journey home?
- Stop the behavior (sin, attitude)
- Regret the sin
- Confess the sin
- Resolve never to do it again
Trust that your Heavenly Father will be there to greet you every step of the way.