Let the Father Interrupt You
Jan 6, 2020 1927
When you were a child, did anyone ever tell you that’s it’s rude to interrupt? The truth is, sometimes I still need to be reminded!
But when God interrupts you, it’s a great thing, because he always has a very good reason!
There’s a classic example of God interrupting someone in the story that Jesus told about the Prodigal Son.
This man’s son has run away with his father’s money and wasted it on parties and loose living. After finding himself broke and starving, he decides to return to his father’s house. Along the way, he rehearses a speech that he is preparing so that his father might accept him back. It goes like this,
Father, I have sinned against heaven and against you.19 I am no longer worthy to be called your son; make me like one of your hired servants.(Luke 15:18-19, NIV).
But while he’s still a long way off from his father’s house, he sees his father running toward him, arms open wide. His father smothers him in an embrace, and the son thinks that it’s now or never, and he begins his prepared speech.
When God interrupts you, it’s a great thing, because he always has a very good reason!
The son said to him, ‘Father, I have sinned against heaven and against you. I am no longer worthy to be called your son.’
But that’s as far as he gets, before his father interrupts him:
“But the father said to his servants, ‘Quick! Bring the best robe and put it on him. Put a ring on his finger and sandals on his feet. 23 Bring the fattened calf and kill it. Let’s have a feast and celebrate. 24 For this son of mine was dead and is alive again; he was lost and is found.’ So they began to celebrate (Luke 15:21-24, NIV).
Some people have this idea of God where they think that they need to wallow in self-pity and even humiliate themselves to get God’s attention. Some followers of Jesus have this notion that the worse you feel about how your stuff-ups, the more likely God is to take you back and help you out.
God isn’t interested in your self-pity and negativity.
For them, being a follower of Jesus is more about being miserable than being happy. As a result, many people have decided that they don’t like this kind of religion, and I don’t blame them.
Our Father in heaven isn’t like that at all! Of course, God lovingly wants you to realise your mistakes and feel sorry for them. But this sorrow isn’t meant to torment you! It’s meant to lead you back into the loving arms of a God who is already desperately waiting to welcome you back!
And just like in the story, God doesn’t welcome you back as a servant or as a slave. God’s not looking for slaves! He’s looking for friends!
God welcomes you back as his child. He’s not interested in your self-pity and negativity In fact, your heavenly Father doesn’t even want to hear it!
So, when you start going down that negative path, let your heavenly Father interrupt you by throwing his arms around you and accepting you back fully into his love.
When we interrupt others, it’s rude; but when God interrupts you, it’s amazing!