Found this definition of the word, “prodigal” on the web.
Never thought about it before.
Just assumed it meant ‘disobedient’ or something.
Jaclyn might accuse me of being a little bit of a prodigal with my own spending sometime, but this intro to “The Prodigal God” by Timothy Keller was intensely thought provoking!
“The word “prodigal” does not mean “wayward” but, according to Merriam-Webster’s Collegiate Dictionary, “wastefully extravagant.” (I looked it up)
It means to spend until you have nothing left. This term is therefore as appropriate for describing the father in the story as his younger son.
The father’s welcome to the repentant son was literally reckless, because he refused to “reckon” or count his sin against him or demand repayment. This response offended the elder son and most likely the local community.
In this story the father represents the Heavenly Father Jesus knew so well.
St. Paul writes: “God was in Christ reconciling the world to himself, not reckoning to them their trespasses” (2 Corinthians 5:19 – American Standard Version).
Jesus is showing us the God of Great Expenditure, who is nothing if not prodigal toward us, his children. God’s reckless grace is our greatest hope, a life-changing experience, and the subject of this book.”
I’ve experienced a little of His ‘reckless love’ in what I consider such a deeply personal relationship.
I’ve been inspired by the extremes God will go to in answering our prayers like He did in placing Moses in the cleft of a rock so he could see God’s glory and by extending Simeon’s life so he could see Jesus, the answer to all of our prayers.