Prosperity and the Prodigal
“And the younger of them said to his father, Father, give me the portion of goods that falleth to me. And he divided unto them his living.”
People try to make this sound really bad by saying “the son was disowning his father, he was wishing he was dead” but the way this reads to me is that the son was saying, he wanted the material blessings of his father more than he wanted the relationship with his father. How often do we ALL do that?
“And not many days after the younger son gathered all together, and took his journey into a far country, and there wasted his substance with riotous living.”
Notice how he takes the material blessing of his father and distances himself from him. Because the blessing took priority in his heart it drew him away from his dad and as a result, into sin. Sometimes we seek Gods blessings so that we can squander it on our flesh. We use our Heavenly Father to finance our own adultery against His Son.
“And when he had spent all, there arose a mighty famine in that land; and he began to be in want.”
But as is so often the case. When the material blessing is gone, it’s gone, and now there’s the void... the consequences of the separation we’ve created for ourselves by pursuing the blessing over the Him that blesses.