By Linda Tancs

You’ve no doubt heard the expression, “Be careful what you wish for; you just might get it.” There’s a great illustration of that in the Bible, the parable about the prodigal son (Luke 15:11-32). In that story, a son wishes to receive an advance on his inheritance from his father and gets his wish, only to waste the money on dissolute living. In real life, stories abound of folks getting what they wished for, only to lose it through improper choices or bad advisors. The good news for the prodigal son is that he got to go home again and experience the love of his father. Similarly, we can experience the love of the Father when unanticipated results occur from an answered wish. Wishing is illusory because we only know in part (1 Corinthians 13:9). Like that son, the outcome may not be what you expected but, as the story shows, all things work together for good when you realize that His plan is ultimately better than a wish (Romans 8:28).


As part of FOOT FORWARD MINISTRIES (a teaching and speaking ministry), Go Forward in Faith represents faith-based meditations for personal and professional growth. Follow us on Twitter @moveonfaith.

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