Detox: Week 2 - Guilt - Day 1

Opening Prayer:

Lord, as I read this Scripture and devotion, help me to see the things in my life that interfere with my relationship with you.

Read: Luke 15:17-20 (NIV)

 “When he (Prodigal Son) came to his senses, he said, ‘How many of my father’s hired servants have food to spare, and here I am starving to death! I will set out and go back to my father and say to him: Father, I have sinned against heaven and against you. I am no longer worthy to be called your son; make me like one of your hired servants.’ So, he got up and went to his father.”

 

Reflect:

The parable of the Prodigal Son is one of the most familiar parables in the New Testament.  The theme for this week is “Getting rid of things that hold us back”.  This is illustrated by the choices of the prodigal son.  He got greedy and couldn’t wait for his inheritance which he took early and squandered.  He ended up in a terrible mess.  Can you imagine how a hungry young Jewish man must have felt up to his knees in mud, feeding a bunch of pigs?  He was literally in the pits.

It’s so easy to get greedy and want something so badly that you make a quick decision to buy it and later you feel buyer’s remorse.  I did this in my early married life when I saw a 2-year-old Oldsmobile Delta 88 with a 400 plus cubic inch engine.  What luxury and power I would have!  My wife and year-old daughter would have a very comfortable vehicle to ride in, I rationalized. 

I made several mistakes in this transaction.  Number one I did not pray to God about it, and two, I didn’t talk to my wife.  Also, I didn’t realize it required premium gasoline and it got less than 10 miles per gallon.  I got so uptight about the fuel cost and mileage that I almost would not drive it anywhere and it was our only car.  After less than a year I swallowed my pride and traded it for a basic Plymouth Duster that got 25 miles per gallon.  God took me to my knees on this because I put other things ahead of him. I admitted my mistake to him and asked his forgiveness.  In addition, my wife was much happier.  My life was better as a result of getting rid of the distraction. 

 

 Apply:

What things in your life interfere with your relationship with your Father God and your family life?  Sit down, make a list and pray to God about ways you can declutter your life.  Once you have done this, do as the prodigal son did…get rid of the things that are hindering your running to the Father.

Closing Prayer:

God, help me declutter my life of things that interfere with my relationship with you.  In Jesus’ name, amen.

Terry Schneider