Last week I ended by saying that both of the prodigal father’s sons were doomed to a life of struggle because they did not understand and/or believe the truth expressed in Psalms 16:11 which says:
Thou wilt show me the path of life: in thy presence [is] fulness of joy; at thy right hand [there are] pleasures for evermore. (Emphasis supplied)
Had the younger son understood this truth he would not have gone into the world and wasted his substance in riotous living trying to find everlasting pleasure in the here and now. Had the older son understood this truth he would not have wasted his substance in the field working hard in the false hope of earning the happiness and fulfillment his heart desired in the sweet bye and bye. But here is the question I want to address at this point:
Why did the younger son come to grips with the truth revealed in Psalms 16:11 before his older brother?
We find the answer to this question in Luke 15:14-16 where it says:
And when he had spent all, there arose a mighty famine in that land; and he began to be in want. And he went and joined himself to a citizen of that country; and he sent him into his fields to feed swine. And he would fain have filled his belly with the husks that the swine did eat: and no man gave unto him. (Emphasis supplied)
The younger son came to grips with the truth revealed in Psalms 16:11 before his older brother because his desperate situation made him realize that being with his father was his only hope of finding the fullness of joy and everlasting pleasures he desired. The younger son learned that he could depend on nothing and no one, including himself, to supply his needs as well as his father. Therefore, he made up his mind to humble himself, go back home to the father and say:
… Father, I have sinned against heaven, and before thee, And am no more worthy to be called thy son: make me as one of thy hired servants. Luke 15:18&19
However, before the younger son could get to the part that said, make me as one of thy hired servants, the father said to his servants:
Bring forth the best robe, and put [it] on him; and put a ring on his hand, and shoes on [his] feet: And bring hither the fatted calf, and kill [it]; and let us eat, and be merry: For this my son was dead, and is alive again; he was lost, and is found. And they began to be merry. Luke 15:22-24
The reason I have taken the time to deal with the younger son’s change of attitude is because it supplies the key that unlocks the truth revealed in Psalms 16:11. Next week I am going to say what that key is and how it works. So it is imperative that you not only make sure you check out next week’s blog but be sure to tell your family, friends and acquaintances to join in. In the meantime, think about what you think that key is and why you think it works.