A question for personal reflection is to ask which of the two sons we identify with! But we also never lose sight of what God is doing. What God is doing is providing living water from a rock. What God is doing is reminding us that God is a fair and just God. What God is doing is giving us a Saviour willing to be humble and self-less. What God is doing is providing opportunity beyond opportunity for God's children to turn around, make a change, and do the right thing. God is gracious and merciful.
May we hear the challenge to live out our faith in our lives, but also be comforted by the grace and mercy of our loving God.