“And he said to him, ‘Son, you are always with me, and all that I have is yours. It was right that we should make merry and be glad, for your brother was dead and is alive again, and was lost and is found.’" Luke 15:31-32 [NKJV]
The father said this to the first son after finding out that his father threw a party for his brother’s return.
I love the story of the prodigal son (or the lost son) because it tells us that no matter how stupid and screwed up we get, God is always willing to take us back with open arms. Heaven rejoices when we come back home. However, a part that stuck with me is verse 31. Yes, he got the party, he got the priviledges of being called son and he is back home. But, he has to live with his choices. He squandered off the money so now he gets nothing- that was it. Like it says only the first son that stayed gets the inheritance left. It wouldn’t be fair to split what is left between them and our God is a just God. Even when God forgives us, we still sometimes have to be punished and have to live with the decisions we made. So when you’re going through it it’s not because He didn’t forgive you, He’s happy you’re back home and He loves you but you still have to live with your choices.