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Walk ON

To illustrate the point further, Jesus told them this story: “A man had two sons. The younger son told his father, ‘I want my share of your estate now before you die.’ So his father agreed to divide his wealth between his sons.

About the time his money ran out, a great famine swept over the land, and he began to starve. He persuaded a local farmer to hire him, and the man sent him into his fields to feed the pigs. The young man became so hungry that even the pods he was feeding the pigs looked good to him. But no one gave him anything. “When he finally came to his senses, he said to himself, ‘At home even the hired servants have food enough to spare, and here I am dying of hunger! I will go home to my father and say, “Father, I have sinned against both heaven and you, and I am no longer worthy of being called your son. Please take me on as a hired servant.”’ “So he returned home to his father. And while he was still a long way off, his father saw him coming. Filled with love and compassion, he ran to his son, embraced him, and kissed him. His son said to him, ‘Father, I have sinned against both heaven and you, and I am no longer worthy of being called your son. ’ “But his father said to the servants, ‘Quick! Bring the finest robe in the house and put it on him. Get a ring for his finger and sandals for his feet. And kill the calf we have been fattening. We must celebrate with a feast, for this son of mine was dead and has now returned to life. He was lost, but now he is found.’ So the party began. (‭Luke‬ ‭15‬:‭11-12, 14-24‬ NLT)

I have had this story put before me several times in the last few years. Having broken relationships in my life which was causing my heart to break, I have asked the Lord so many times what I could do to change their heart toward me. I would reach out only to have the door slammed in my face enough that the rejection was unbearable at times.

When I look at this parable about the prodical son, the one thing that I began to see was that the father did not go after the son. It is obvious that his heart was hurt because of the choice that his son made, but he did not even try to change his mind nor did cut him off. The father rather gave him what he wanted and went on with his life with the rest of his family. I am sure the father never stopped yearning and praying for his son, but he walked on with what he had to do to please His God.

So many times those we love make choices that we can not change no mater what we say or do. Sometimes everything we say gets twisted by the Levaithian spirit and causes worse problems. We then have a choice, do we let that rule and ruin our lives or do we let them live the life they choose and walk on leaving it all in God's merciful hands. As I rode down the highway several months ago, I clearly heard "Keep walking forward. If they choose to walk beside you great, but if they don't, walk on."

I do not by any means feel the Lord is saying give up or stop praying. Nor do I forget the role of the Holy Spirit to seek, pursue and teach. But He is saying don't let Satan win by causing you to be overcome by hurt and letting it interfer with what God wants you to do. Personally if I stay there it will eventually kill me physically, emotionally and spiritually. I was fast on that track of letting that happen. I can hardly explain it, but those words broke the chains from my heart.

The Bible is full of stories where God, knowing that the one He loved was making a bad choice, allowed them to go their own way. He did not become an enabler by jumping in and relieving them of the consequences of the choice. Boy, is that the hard part. He never stopped loving, but He gave them the right to choose. When all the consequenses of their choice were full and they recognized truth and returned, He was right there with open arms to reconcile. Their bad choice does not reflect on who God is nor does the bad choice of those you love always reflect on who you are. The fact remains we are all given the ability to make choices, good and bad, and we alone are responsible for those choices.

So, my friends, I walk on.

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