Have you ever been disappointed with God? Or have you ever been praying about something for a long time and then another Christian get their breakthrough in the same area and you think, “I’ve been more obedient, more mature than them. Why them and not me God?” I admit, I have felt like this a time or two (or 50 but who is counting).
The moment our heart goes to that thought, we are acting like the elder brother in the story of the prodigal son. Now, this is not meant to bring you shame or condemnation but freedom. Because the Father’s response to the elder brother is His response to us all the time.
1. He pursued His elder son. The Father drew near to comfort His son. He did not rebuke or scorn him. Even when we have a bad attitude, God does not change his character. He is always kind, gracious, and good to his children.
2. The Father reminded His son that he was a son and not a slave. The elder son said, “I’ve been slaving away and you have given me nothing. The father replied: “ ‘My son, you are always with me, and everything I have is yours.”
Did you hear it? He called him son. He reminded him, he was always with him and all of His resources were the son’s.
Brothers and sisters, are you disappointed by God? Jealous of another’s breakthrough? Feeling as if your obedience is futile? God wants you to know this morning that you are a son, a daughter. He is always with you and all He has is yours. Rest in your sonship this morning.
““ ‘My son,’ the father said, ‘you are always with me, and everything I have is yours.”
Luke 15:31 NIV