The younger one said to his father, ‘Father, give me my share of the estate.’ So he divided his property between them. “Not long after that, the younger son got together all he had, set off for a distant country and there squandered his wealth in wild living. After he had spent everything, there was a severe famine in that whole country, and he began to be in need. So he went and hired himself out to a citizen of that country, who sent him to his fields to feed pigs. He longed to fill his stomach with the pods that the pigs were eating, but no one gave him anything. “When he 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. – Luke 15:12-18 (NIV)
Have you ever demanded your way and once you got it you realized it was the worst mistake you could have ever made? When we pursue sin, we are stepping out from under the umbrella of God’s provision and protection and entering into a distant country. The distant country is satan’s domain. In that territory he has free reign because that is where willing participants reside.
Sin causes a spiritual haze that veils our eyes. Before long we actually think that the pigpen looks appealing. We begin to covet the food that the pigs are eating, so to speak. It is only through God’s grace that He allows us to experience disappointment in this distal land. God knows exactly what it will take to draw us back under His protective umbrella.
In the above referenced story, as the son returned the Father threw a celebration in honor of his return. You were made for so much more than the emptiness that sin as to offer. It will literally leave you starving to death physically, mentally and spiritually. The Father longs to deliver you from the pigpen and elevate you to the status to be used as His kingpin.
Lord, I come to You asking for forgiveness for willfully choosing to dwell in a distant country. I thank You that it left me with a sense of emptiness so that my spiritual eyes could be opened in order to see that You long to deliver me from the pigpen and restore me to kingpin status.