But what happens if we sin? Do we lose God’s favor? In a word—NO!
Here’s what happens instead: God becomes our Prodigal Father.
Let me show you from both the Old Testament and the New Testament what I mean, but first, let’s define prodigal: it means recklessly extravagant or lavishly abundant. This is always how God treats His children.
In Isaiah 59, the prophet reminds us that nothing about God’s strength or ability to respond to our pleas has been diminished. Instead: your sins have separated you from your God—we can leave God, but He never leaves us!
Isaiah catalogs all our sins that have become a quicksand trap for us. God looks to see who can help us, and finding no one, here’s what He does: so His own arm worked salvation for Him, and His own righteousness sustained Him.
God did what was underserved. God did what no one else could do: HE HIMSELF BECAME OUR SALVATION!
If ever there was a definition of recklessly extravagant, lavishly abundant love… this is it!!
In Luke 15, Jesus tells a story that people often call the story of the prodigal son, but it’s really the father who is prodigal. The son squanders all his father’s blessings on wild living and finds himself bankrupt, starving, and completely disgraced. But the moment the son came to his senses and began to move toward his father by confessing his sin, his prodigal father ran to him!
Jesus tells us this father was overflowing with compassion. There wasn’t anything his son could have done to diminish the father’s love, nor was there anything the son could have done to make his father love him more. The father was all-loving all the time. He was recklessly extravagant and lavishly abundant in his love.
The father RAN to his son and covered his son’s disheveled, stinking rags with his royal robe.
This is exactly what Isaiah said God would do for us…
- instead of ashes, we get a crown
- instead of rags of mourning, we get an anointing of gladness
- instead of a spirit of despair, we get a garment of praise
- instead of shame, we get a double portion of God’s riches
- instead of disgrace, we get God’s inheritance
How does all this happen? Our Prodigal Father abundantly, lavishly “clothes me with garments of salvation and arrays me in a robe of righteousness”!!
Don’t ever buy into satan’s lies that God loves you less, or that you’ve used up your changes, or that your sins are too many or too big. If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from ALL unrighteousness (1 John 1:9).