Luke 15:13 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.
When you are not close to the Father things tend to go downhill; you will always be better off staying close.
The mistake the prodigal son made was not that of taking his inheritance, the mistake he made was to leave the presence of His father. When he did that, it all started to spiral downhill from there. The scripture said that he took his share of the goods that his father gave to him and went into a far country. In other words he became distant from the Father. With that he lost his moral compass and started to live contrary to the word of God and in the process wasted all the possession that he had received from his Father. Being hungry and Left with no choice but to eat after the swine, he came to his senses and concluded that he would have been better off being a servant in the house of his father than to stay in his current situation. He recognized that while he was dying of starvation, the servants that were in the house of his father had more than enough to eat, so it would be better for him to go back to where he was in proximity to the Father.
Regardless of your current circumstances, it is important to realize that you will be better off being in the presence of your heavenly Father, than to find yourself anywhere else. David confirmed this truth in Psalms 84:10 when he said “better is one day in the courts of the Lord than a thousand elsewhere”. Given that truth he concluded by saying he would rather occupy the lowest position in the house of God (a doorkeeper) rather than to be distant from Him by dwelling in the tents of the wicked. There is just nowhere better than that of being close to the Father and the sooner you come to that realization the better. Unfortunately, the prodigal son had to learn this the hard way. He was enticed by the glamour of the world but soon realized that he would have been better off not leaving the presence of his Father in the first place.
Staying close to the Father day-in day-out will prove to be a fight. Drawing you away will be the primary focus of the enemy because this is how he is able to kill, steal and destroy.
Life Application: You have been given the power of choice, use it daily to stay where the Father is through scheduled times of prayer and surrounding yourself with sounds of worship.
Prayer: Lord, better is one day in your courts than a thousand elsewhere. Keep me in your presence, I pray. In Jesus name, amen.