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.
And when he had spent all, there arose a mighty famine in that land; and he began to be in want.
As I continue this study about the parable of the Prodigal Son, let’s look at what happens when the younger son want to go into “the world” Now, I am not a fan of “Reality TV” but it seems to me that the plot of all these shows is to watch all these crazy people compete for large sums of money doing tasks that are greatly outside the norm. Do you think fans of American Idol are think about God’s Second Commandment while they are watching a show about fame and fortune. Sure that’s an extreme statement that may be taken out of context, but think about it. Would Jesus be a fan of a show with the word “Idol” in it?
In verse 13, we see the younger son “waste”. He is not using wisdom, he is not doing what his father would approve of. He is at Burger King where he lives by its motto-Have it your way! ( OK, I used this expression in a previous post but it seemed appropriate to repeat it again) And when he had spent all, guess what happens? A famine comes, (what a coincidence!)
There’s a popular expression that is all over social media that can be compared to the younger son’s dilemma.
Life isn’t about waiting for the storm to pass, it ‘s about learning how to dance in the rain. – Vivian Greene
Sometimes the best solutions are found when we are uncomfortable. Tomorrow, we will examine the younger son’s next move in this struggle for survival.