In what is often called the Parable of the Prodigal Son, a young man wasted his inheritance and wound up working for a pig farmer, something no self-respecting Jew would ever do. He was so poor and hungry that he dreamed about eating the food he threw to the pigs.
Then Jesus said, But when he came to himself, he said, “How many of my father’s hired servants have bread enough and to spare, and I perish with hunger! I will arise and go to my father, and will say to him, ‘Father, I have sinned against heaven and before you’ ….” (Luke 15:17-18).
Every child of God has an enormous hunger for the richness of God’s Word; but sometimes we don’t partake as we should. Life gets hectic or we get lazy, and we neglect the spiritual food God’s given in the Bible.
If you’re a Christian, you know you need the Bible and you want to read and study it; not out of duty but out of desire. When you don’t spend time in the Scriptures, the Holy Spirit makes you discontent with your spiritual state. It’s not a guilty feeling but a dissatisfaction at how you’re living; you’ll have a deep longing for God’s Word. Your response will be repentance.
Repentance is knowing that you’ve sinned and changing your mind about how you’ve been living or thinking. Confess your sin to God, thank Him for His continual forgiveness, then follow hard after Him.
Will you follow Him perfectly forever after? No, but listen and repent as He calls you back to Himself.
It is God who works in you both to will and to do for His good pleasure (Philippians 2:13).