“When he came to his senses, he said, ‘How many of my father’s hired men have food to spare, and here I am starving to death!’” (Luke 15:17, NIV84)
This verse is a quote from the Prodigal Son. You remember, the one who couldn’t wait for his inheritance. He needed to get out from under his father’s reach. He was certain he knew a better way, and that better way was living on his own, far from his father. For awhile things were good. He had plenty of money and plenty of friends. Life was a party, and he was the life of that party. That was until his money ran out. You see, the life he was living was really a figment of his imagination. He really thought things were going well as his money was running out. He thought his friends were true friends. He thought life was good. But it was all a facade.
Now he had finally come to his senses. In this verse he was seeing reality properly. You see, there is a reality. We don’t create it. We live going either with the stream of reality, or going against it. In this verse the prodigal son found himself all alone. The reality he imagined and thought he could live had completely vanished. He was moneyless, friendless, and without his father. He was utterly alone. In the depth of that darkness, a light dawned within him. He realized that his father’s home wasn’t so bad. He realized that even the hired men who worked for his father were provided for better than he was out on his own. He finally figured it out!
What about you and me? Have we hit that point? Is it time to come to our senses? Have we strayed too far from the only reality that matters? We have a heavenly Father who loves us, even though we have strayed from Him. How long will we live in the darkness of our self-made reality? It’s time that we come to our senses and think about returning home.