I am going to assume that most of us have been involved in a situation or relationship that had taken us away from what is important in our lives, like not focusing in our careers, family, personal life, or anything that gets us off the good path God has for us.
The prodigal son (Matthew 15:11-20,) the son that had it all while living with his father. You know, this made me think of the countless times God had great plans for us, but we ruined it by stubbornly doing things our way. How many times has God warned you about a situation that was not good for you? When we don’t listen, we go through life experiencing hardship, sometimes these consequences/repercussions can last for a life time, and sometimes, we can’t even come out it, because it keeps us in bondage.
The prodigal son requested his inheritance before his father's death, so his father granted his wish. It is so true, when we get our minds stuck on something, we don’t stop pursing it until get it, even when we know that SOMETHING is not beneficial for us. Everyday we ask God for things, and we know He doesn't grant them all because He knows those things would ruin us. God knows our hearts, and knows that certain things will pull us away from Him. Matthew 6:8 says, for the Lord knows what you need before you ask it. However, we reluctantly pursue it anyways not thinking of the consequences we may have to deal with in the long run. Sure enough, after the son had spent all his money and experienced hunger and loneliness, he came to his senses realizing he had made a huge mistake and wanted to return to his father.
This is exactly how the story normally ends. We find out that the wonderful path that we had taken was not exactly what he had expected. To come to think about it the son did not come to his senses while splurging and enjoying his life, no, it all happened when he experienced difficulties in his life. When he found himself with no money, with hunger and loneliness, then he woke up.
You see, our stubbornness brings us out of God’s plan, but God’s merciful and gracious love brings us back to Him. The son goes to his father with a repentant heart, and his loving father receives him not caring about the past. The father is overjoyed that his lost son has come back.
When we fall off God’s path, the Lord grieves, and awaits for our return. He waits for us to have a repentant heart. There is nothing more that God wants from us than our love for HIM.
Stop fighting against God in trying to do things your way…Haven’t you read:
7 Let the wicked forsake his way, and the unrighteous man his thoughts: and let him return unto the Lord, and he will have mercy upon him; and to our God, for he will abundantly pardon.8 For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, saith the Lord.9 For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways, and my thoughts than your thoughts.
Ultimately, in this life, is not so much what we get out of it, but where our souls will end up, in heaven or hell. God will continue to spark warnings in our lives, in hopes, that we wake up out of this fantasy world.