Lk.15:20 – So he set out and came to his father. But when he was still a long way off, his father saw him and felt compassion for him, and ran and embraced him and kissed him.
The wayward son had never noticed his father’s love before. All he could remember were the house rules. At the end of the day the father’s rules were also all about love. Father knew the consequences of bad choices and that’s what the rules were all about. That’s the way it is with our Heavenly Father. His laws keep us from destruction; the problem is that our hearts don’t have the capacity to follow the laws of God. One way or the other all of us end up in the pig pen fighting with the pigs for some of their food.
When this young man came to himself and headed back home, the Father was watching and waiting for his son. The moment he saw him coming down the road the Father took off running. That’s when the son saw his Father’s love for the first time. When he saw the Father’s eyes, all he saw was eyes of mercy; he was just glad to have his son back home. Here is how Matthew Henry describes this verse.
“Here were eyes of mercy, and those eyes quick-sighted: When he was yet a great way off his father saw him, before any other of the family were aware of him, as if from the top of some high tower he had been looking that way which his son was gone, with such a thought as this, “O that I could see yonder wretched son of mine coming home!” This intimates God’s desire of the conversion of sinners, and his readiness to meet them that are coming towards him. He looks on men, when they are gone astray from him, to see whether they will return to him, and he is aware of the first inclination towards him.”
The Lord loves us – its not because of what kind of life we have lived or how talented we are – He just loves us because He wants to. He loves you no matter where you’ve been or what you’ve done. He just wants you to come home. Maybe all you can remember about the Lord is His rules. Look past the rules and look to Him; He is watching for you because He loves you. Look a little closer and you will see His eyes of mercy – He loves you and welcomes you into His arms of love – It’s time to come home.