Hard Things : Coming Back Prodigal




We all have times in our lives when we walk away from God. This article is for those who because of disappointment(s), past hurts, and failures have “walked” away from God or are ready to give up on faith. Maybe you’re hurting in ways that no one else even notices. Maybe you’ve tried everything you know, but things are still not going well. I write this article to those who are desperately clinging onto a desire to love God again. Please share this article with any of your loved ones who are struggling.

God Loves Us Perfectly Because He Is Perfect Love

We all have sins and struggles. Some pain and hurts are more obvious than others. We live in a fallen world where others use and abuse us as we follow God and serve Him. The Bible in Old and New Testaments gives numerous accounts of those who walked in God’s Ways and were mocked, isolated, and even killed. To be a Christian is to become like Christ and not like the “world.” Because we are different and on a journey to be more like Christ and to live for His glory and honor; others will misunderstood and despise us.

When we feel overwhelmed and tempted to despair, we need to remember one thing: that God loves us more than we will ever be able to understand. God’s love is perfect and redeeming. God doesn’t love us because of who we are or anything we do. He loves us because He is Perfect Love! He is for us and working for our good (Romans 8). Nothing can separate us from His love–including our own failings and insecurities!

There are times in our lives when we just want to walk away from God and do things our own way. Maybe you’re angry or disappointed with God and how things have “worked” out in your life. Perhaps your job and relationships aren’t going well and you’re struggling just to make it through yet another day.

Dear brother or sister, find your rest in Christ. When the way seems dark and path hard, come to Jesus. Tell Him about your struggles, hurts, fears, and difficulties. Place yourself in His Presence and seek guidance from His Living Word. When in the darkest times, seek out the Book of Psalms and find an appropriate Psalm to pray through. God promises us that we will never walk alone when we place our trust in Him!

It’s Not Too Late to Turn Back to Christ

If you’re walking away, it’s not too late to turn back. The Father in the Prodigal Son parable stood watching from a distance waiting for his lost son to return. God is gracious, compassionate, and kind. As long as we still draw breath, it’s not too late to repent and come back. God will welcome you back with open arms just as the Father greets his returning son.

My heart grieves for the souls that I know who are hurting, disappointed, and angry with God. I’ve been in this place too. Our fallen nature guides us to take matters into our own hands and to depend upon on ourselves. The problem is that we aren’t god; nor can we find meaning and purpose in and of ourselves! Our wisdom and knowledge isn’t enough to guide us.

The deeper the hurt the more we want to isolate ourselves and retreat into the dark night. But praise be to God the Father of Truth and Light. In God and Christ there is no darkness, no need to hide or flee from His presence. His Truth frees and redeems us. The Hope of the Gospel: The Good News is that we don’t have to be worthy or good enough for His love. His Grace is Sufficient for all our needs!

If you’re walking away from God, He is eagerly awaiting your return. He loves you with a deep, rich, and endless love that makes the struggle worth it. God isn’t done with you! He never forsakes His people. May God’s love and grace surround you and draw you back to Him!

Published by leestanfill@yahoo.com

Just a pilgrim walking each day with Jesus and hoping to encourage others along the path.

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