A long way off
This morning as I was reading my Bible the word began to correct me in some areas of my life. Now I’ll admit that I hate correction. Who doesn’t, right? But as I was being corrected by the word this morning, it hit me that I didn’t hate correction from the Lord. In fact, I desire it. As I read on, I realized why. It’s because there has never been a time in my life that the Lord has corrected me, that He hasn’t done it in it love.
Now I don’t mean He was nice about it. People are typically nice when they offer you correction. Like, “here let me smile at you and speak gently as I tell you all that you’re doing wrong.” The Lord isn’t always nice about it. He IS always very plain with me. He tells me exactly what the problem is with no sugar coating. So why is that something I long for? It’s because He does it in love!
Not human love. But no conditions, endless, boundless, I want the absolute best for you, go to the end of time and beyond for you, pursue you fervently kind of love. That’s where the Lord corrects me from. And as I read this verse, so much gratitude filled my heart.
“So he got up and came to his father. But while he was still a long way off, his father saw him and was moved with compassion for him, and ran and embraced him and kissed him.”
Luke 15:20 AMP
The prodigal son. I’ve read it, heard it, taught it, but today it hit me differently. Today all I felt was love. So many days I come to the Lord and I am a long way off. I haven’t followed his instructions, heeded his correction, and I’ve missed the mark. But no matter any of that. He sees me coming, no matter how far off I am, and He is moved with compassion for me. He is there with open arms ready to cover me in His love. He embraces me, mistakes and all. He loves me, the absolute mess that I am. He welcomes me gladly although I am not worthy to be in His presence.
He knows where I’ve been, what I’ve said, what I’ve done, what I’ve missed. He knows what I’ve picked up again, what I’m struggling with, what I’m failing at. He sees my pain, my desires, my heart. He knows me, all of me. And none of that phases His love for me. None of that hinders him from watching and waiting anxiously for me to come into view. None of that stops Him from pulling out all the stops to dote on me as I enter His presence.
I may be a long way off some days, but Jesus is always waiting on my return. Maybe you’re a long way off today. Maybe you’ve just not been willing to pay the price for His perfect will, and you’ve been settling for less. Maybe you’ve been slacking in your reading, your prayer time, going to church. Maybe you’ve been disobedient. Maybe you’ve got some sin in your life. Maybe you picked up some old habits. Maybe you’ve become a backslider. Or maybe you’ve felt Jesus calling you, and you’ve never accepted Him.
Whatever the reason you’re feeling a long way off today, know that it doesn’t matter. Start making your way to your Father. I promise He’s looking for you. He’ll be waiting there with a celebration prepared. Yes, He will correct you in whatever got you a long way off, but it’ll be in the most beautiful, loving way. Go to the Father today child, He’s waiting on you. ❤️
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