Guest Post by Mark Lawson
Turn Toward the Father
All of us know the Bible story of the prodigal son (Luke 15:11-32) who demanded a share of his father’s goods, and then “wasted his substance with riotous living.” It is pretty clear that the young man cherished material things above spiritual ideas.
Human experience shows that through the media or by peer pressure, we erroneously pursue matter (in the form of money, goods, or houses) rather than spiritual ideas, which alone are substantial and real. (Heb.1:11). This leads to discontentment, anxiety, depression, and to other human maladies. In her primary work, Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures, Mary Baker Eddy writes: “The sharp experiences of belief in the supposititious life of matter, as well as our disappointments and ceaseless woes, turn us like tired children to the arms of divine Love.” Of course, Love is God, and when I turn to Him, I find spiritual answers to what appear to be material problems.
This is repeated in the life of anyone who seeks after righteousness. Jesus declared (Matt.5:6), “Blessed are they which do hunger and thirst after righteousness: for they shall be filled.” In John (8:32), he said “ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.” I understand that to mean that we are not to seek God or Truth “to eat of the loaves” (John 6:26), but to seek after Truth because only what relates to God is true and real. If we seek after something else, we are not seeking Truth, we are seeking error or a mistaken view of life.
God wants us to find and cherish what is real, and He meets us more than half way as we turn to him. In the parable of the prodigal, the young man “came to himself” (realized that he was God’s child) and decided to go to his father. The son only had to turn toward his father, and “his father saw him, and had compassion, and ran, and fell on his neck, and kissed him.” Our heavenly Father comes to us as we turn toward Him, and yearn to know the truth. In the end, we don’t make our journey alone. Like the prodigal, God runs to meet us and walks with us every step of the way.