Friday, 17 June 2022
“Of David. A maskil. Blessed is the one whose transgressions are forgiven, whose sins are covered. Blessed is the one whose sin the LORD does not count against them and in whose spirit is no deceit.” – Psalm 32:1-2 NIV
A man had two sons (Luke 15:11-32) and as always the last born was spoilt and entitled. The last born decided that he wanted to enjoy his youth and decided to take his inheritance and leave the comfort of his father’s house. While in the wilderness he was turning up and really enjoying his youth. As expected with anything you haven’t earned, you squander it. He became broke and it didn’t help that there was a famine in his adopted country. The Bible even goes on to highlight that he was so down and out that he resorted to looking for employment (a classical tale of riches to rags). The only job he could find was feeding pigs for one of the farmers. He was so hungry that he was even willing to eat what the pigs were being fed. We are told that his employers didn’t even want to let him eat with the pigs. That’s how so insignificant he was, he could have died and they wouldn’t have even given him a decent burial. He would have been treated like a roadside kill that is left to rot away.
While feeding the pigs he remembered that even the lowest of his father’s servants received a decent meal. This highlights two very crucial points. Your father’s house looks after every single occupant in it (1). The house of the LORD belongs to everyone looking for a place of solitude (2). The boy believed that his sin was so big that he didn’t think he could be restored to his former self, he could no longer be a son. He was willing to eat filth based on his own misguided belief. The Bible says that even before he could enter his father’s home, the father came out running towards him. The father had already forgiven him before he could even say anything because his posture said it all.
My question, then, is how many sons are currently eating pig filth because they believe that their sin is unforgivable? How many sons are currently getting “refuge” from the slave master (satan) that treats them worse than their livestock? The above Scripture shows that we are blessed because the LORD has forgiven all our sins and He’s already forgotten about them. The world and the church may always remind you of your past indiscretions, yet the LORD has given us a clean slate. He always has a fat calf ready to be slaughtered, all we need to do is to humble ourselves and repent.
“He has removed our sins as far from us as the east is from the west” Psalm 103:12. So our inequities have no hold on us once we’ve confessed them to the LORD. In the same way, the first Adam disobeyed GOD, before he could even apologize plans were already in motion to bring the second Adam, a 2.0 updated version. GOD is always pursuing us even when we turn our backs on Him. His faithfulness has never changed, and His mercy has never been deficient. “Who is man you are so mindful of him?”.
GOD is always pursuing us even when we turn our backs on Him. His faithfulness has never changed, and His mercy has never been deficient