God is a far better father than any human could ever be. Like the father in the parable of the prodigal son, he lets his children go, sometimes for long periods of time. He waits patiently for them to exhaust themselves with sin and reach the end of their rope, and then he lovingly welcomes them back as they trudge homeward. They need to learn where true love and joy are found, and they need to learn their weakness and inability to change themselves before they will cherish his power and salvation.
– Duguid, Barbara; Extravagant Grace: God’s Glory Displayed in our Weakness; P&R Publishing; Philippsburg, NJ; copyright 2013; Page 71