“Now his older son was in the field. And as he came and drew near to the house, he heard music and dancing…But he was angry and would not go in. Therefore his father came out and pleaded with him” (Lk. 15:25-28 NKJ).
The story of the prodigal son has three main characters: the prodigal son himself, the father, and the elder brother. The elder brother is often neglected. When the father received the lost son and was merry, the elder brother got offended and refused to come home. But shouldn’t he have been happy to receive his younger brother?
Have you ever been offended at God for not giving you what you thought you deserved while at the same time seeing others receiving it and even testifying? This was the offense of the elder brother. He was working hard, but his father had given what he wanted to someone who clearly did not deserve it. The elder brother identified one of his major problems, which many of us are still struggling with. He said, “Lo, these many years I have been serving you; I never transgressed your commandment at any time” (Lk. 15:29 NKJ), and the father replied, “Son, you are always with me, and all that I have is yours” (Lk. 15:31 NKJ). The elder brother had been working hard for what was already his. This is where a major chunk of believers are found. They are working so hard to get God to give them what He has already given to them, and they are getting offended, disappointed, and frustrated. Healing, deliverance, prosperity, joy, etc. are yours in Christ. Learn to take what is yours. God is not withholding these things from you.
Have you ever been offended by God like the elder brother above?
APPLY THE WORD
Do not get mad at God, but rather start learning today to take what God has already provided for you!
Ask the Lord to help you learn to take and enjoy what Christ has provided for you.
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