By: Dr. Jacquelyn Simmons
Scripture: And he said, a certain man had two sons: And the younger of them said to his father, Father, give me the portion of goods that falleth to me. And he divided unto them his living. And not many days after the younger son gathered all together, and took his journey into a far country, and there wasted his substance with riotous living. 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. And when he came to himself, he said, how many hired servants of my father’s have bread enough and to spare, and I perish with hunger! I will arise and go to my father, and will say unto him, 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. And he arose, and came to his father. But when he was yet a great way off, his father saw him, and had compassion, and ran, and fell on his neck, and kissed him. And the son said unto him, Father, I have sinned against heaven, and in thy sight, and am no more worthy to be called thy son. But 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 be
merry: For this my son was dead, and is alive again; he was lost, and is found. And they began to be merry. Now his elder son was in the field: and as he came and drew nigh to the house, he heard musick and dancing… and asked what these things meant…
And he was angry, and would not go in: therefore came his father out, and entreated him. And he said unto him, Son, thou art ever with me, and all that I have is thine. (Selected passages from Luke 15: 11-33).
This writer and probably some of you, may reluctantly admit occasions during which you have had to try and cross bridges you previously had arrogantly and angrily destroyed. It never occurred to us that we probably would need them again up life’s road.
Well, a few weeks ago, to my dismay and embarrassment, our Lord God arranged for me to return to some of my burned bridges as did the son in our aforementioned text for this message.
The youngest son swallowed his pride in order to survive, and returned to his father’s care. However, his brother was unforgiving and did not wish him well. In fact, had it been left to him, the bridge over which his brother returned would have never been repaired.
My friends, be careful about burning bridges, as I have learned, they may be needed up the road.
God sent his only real permanent bridge, his son, Jesus Christ in order that those of us who believe and accept him will gain eternal life in Him. It cannot be destroyed.
Love you much,