The Wisdom of Returning

There is a proverb which makes me think of the parable of the lost son in Luke 15 who took his father’s inheritance, wasted it, and then in wisdom, returned to his father. The Proverb reads,

"Whoso loveth wisdom rejoiceth his father: but he that kept company with harlots spendeth his substance." [Prov 29:3]

And a few verses from the parable in Luke,

"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" [Lk 15:13]

"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." [Lk 15:17-20]

Notice how the father in the parable rejoiced. It is a picture of our Father in heaven! When we return to Him, He is joyful and kisses us over and over again. He loves when His children return and He desires that we live a pure life in His presence, set apart (holy) from the world. So when we come back into His will, into His presence, He is overjoyed. Remember what the Proverb said, “whoso loveth wisdom rejoiceth his father.” It was wise for the son to return to His Father and not continue with riotous living, of which the Proverb says, “but he that kept company with harlots spendeth his substance.”


Those who turn from sin and come back to their Heavenly Father are welcomed abundantly! The Father joys over this and to come to The Father is wise. To love wisdom, in part, is to come to The Father in humbleness and repentance. He will always accept us: this wisdom rejoices Him. Let us return to our Father – it is always better with Him.

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