Recovery When Life Tumbles

            “Even though I know words about the Bible, and have investigated Bible-words, I am always like the prodigal son coming back to the Father after making poor choices.” Painfully aware of his troubles Richard sorrowfully spoke these words (Luke 15:11-32).

            Satan means such awareness to be a stone over which he would stumble. God intends Richard’s awareness as an invitation to step upwards in spiritual maturity. Come back to the Father. 

            Acknowledging the truth of your soul’s condition can be a pruning experience (John 15:1). Recognizing himself as a person in need of a Spirit-led-true-pruning means Richard is spiritually developing, becoming aware he has been producing woefully foul tasting fruit. 

            Today’s passage (John 18:28-40) is record from the long ago for those who encountered similar growth opportunities—those opportunities were lost. Jesus stood in front of many, and the many, never saw him. Unlike earlier times no one wanted to stand alongside him, for if they had seen him a decision was called for (Matthew 4:23-25).

            As the season of the cross approached Jesus spoke of ultimate concerns (in 2020 Good Friday was April 18). The word ‘truth’ appears twice in John’s accounting. Truth is a serious matter. Truth is a cause of concern whether it involves a virus-led epidemic or the abrupt picture Richard received of his soul’s condition.

            [Jesus] “always takes individual human beings as seriously as their shredded dignity demands, and he has the resources to carry through with his high estimate of them.” Dallas Willard, The Divine Conspiracy,(HarperSanFrancisco: Fount of HarperCollinsPublishers), 1998, 22.

May the truth of Jesus be found among us.

            Lord have mercy.

May the thankfulness of God’s people resound to the highest heaven.

            Lord have mercy.

May I as a prodigal find a welcoming embrace at my return.

            Lord have mercy.

May our search for a vaccine be blessed by the Spirit.

            Lord have mercy.

May the tumult of our day encourage us to seek God’s truth.

            Lord have mercy.

May those who seek Jesus find him at their side.

            Lord have mercy.

Life Application:

  1. Does the search for spiritual truth involve you?
  2. Are there ways in which you are like the prodigal, in need of coming back to the Father?

Published by Andrew Simkins

Dr. Andrew Simkins provides spiritual direction for individuals and small groups through the regular blog posts found on this site. He resides in northwest Indiana with his beloved, along with nearby children and grandchildren who are the adornment of his life.

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