Signs of the Times

[Rev. Arch. Alexander, M. A., B. D., as quoted in the Hampstead & St. John's Wood Advertiser, London, England]

"Son, thou art ever with me, and all that I have is thine." In his picture of the father in this story of the prodigal, Jesus is revealing his thought about God, what He is like, what His attitude is to His children, even to such an unamiable one as the elder brother. He contrasts this prudent and mercenary son, clutching all he can for himself, niggardly even of pity and forgiveness, with the father, entreating that unlovable fellow to realize that all that he has is his! That is Jesus' inner thought of what God is like. That was the image of the Father in heaven that lay always in Jesus' heart—a God who puts all He has into our lap, and says: Use as much as ever you can, it is all for you. Is that how we think of God? If He is as willing and gracious as that, have we, as yet, made a much better use of the offer than the elder brother in the story did? Riches that we have never yet possessed, nor even believed we had, riches we have not even tried to measure, so little do we trust the Father's good will! What a thought that is for the beginning of another year of life! The peace of God, for example—an uncharted ocean of it, passing all understanding, and He wants our lives to be filled full. The power of God, so that in every service and every need we are partners with omnipotence, and can have all that we require. The riches of His grace, to forgive, to heal, to meet temptation, for health and sickness, for home and business, for the critical hours and for every day. There is no limit to what God's grace can do. And Jesus says that God bends over us like a father, with all that in His hands, and says, "Son, thou art ever with me, and all that I have is thine." What a picture of God! God longing to give, to give the best, to give all that He has!

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August 14, 1926

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