“He that loveth pleasure shall be a poor man: he that loveth wine and oil shall not be rich.”
The prodigal son is a perfect example of how pleasure on lasts for a season and surely has consequences.
“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. And when he had spent all, there arose a mighty famine in that land; and he began to be in want.”
He wasted his inheritance on riotous living, and ended up in a pig trough. Imagine how he must have felt in comparison to when he left his father’s house. Nothing had turned out as he had planned or dreamed.
Sin had taken him farther than he wanted to go, and cost him far more than he ever wanted to pay. Yet despite all of the wickedness he had done, his father was still waiting with open arms of love waiting for his repentance and return home.
“The wicked shall be a ransom for the righteous, and the transgressor for the upright.”
God delivers His people from trouble with open arms.
He is not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance. He is Faithful and Just to forgive us of our sins if we will simply confess them to Him. He allows us to choose which way we will go, and in His mercy gives us opportunity to return back to Him when we go astray.
Every day we must choose Who or what we are going to follow.
It is a commitment that must be renewed daily.
Like Moses, by faith we can choose to suffer for God rather than enjoy any pleasures sin has to offer us.
“Choosing rather to suffer affliction with the people of God, than to enjoy the pleasures of sin for a season;”
It is simply not worth the temporary joy that will soon fade away.
Leviticus 17-18 | Luke 5 | Proverbs 23
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