Our text is from Luke 15 verses 17-18. 15:17 And when he came to himself, he said, How many hired servants of my father’s have bread enough and to spare, and I perish with hunger! 15:18 I will arise and go to my father, and will say unto him, Father, I have sinned against heaven, and before thee,
Our text is a famous one. The story of the Prodical Son. The son wanted what belonged to him and wanted to go and take on the world. After he spent all that he had on ungodly living he then started to get hungry. He finally came to himself. Hunger will do that and so will pain and suffering. He “came to himself” and realized he would be better off at home as a servant. So he goes home and you know the rest of the story. The father welcomes him and forgives him and all is well.
It is interesting to note that God had to get the son’s attention through hunger and humility.
The Lord gets our attention through various means including debt, sickness and disease, sorrow, depression, heartbreak, and even tragedy. He knows what it will take to get your attention.
Some years ago I had a heart attack and let me tell you, the Lord got my attention. He often does that with a knock on the door by Mr. Death. He has to send little things like that along once in a while to keep us close to him and to keep us communicating with him. God is a jealous God and he wants our attention. He doesn’t want to share you with another god so he does what he has to. He wants to get you focused on him again.
So if you are going through some tough times it might be time to do a little soul searching to see what God wants of you. Nothing ever happens by coincidence or accident. There is a reason for everything that happens to us.
HAS GOD GOT YOUR ATTENTION YET?