We talk a lot about how we need to draw near to the Lord – and this is true.
But sometimes we forget about the fact that our Mighty Savior will go to great lengths to grab us back unto Himself if we have gone astray.
Ownership is to the extreme when it comes to being a child of God’s.
Our Redeemer also offers comfort to those of us in the herd who never may get to know for sure (until we get to heaven) just what happened to that one who got lost. Recapturing the lost one is something that usually happens between that wandering soul and Jesus alone, while the rest of the herd stays together.
In other words, it’s between that one and God.
But I believe this is why the Lord makes it so clear in the scriptures to the rest of the herd how extremely important that even one, single, solitary lost one actually is to Him.
He takes it quite seriously, dear friends.
In light of this, and some circumstances that have occurred in my family today, the Lord has encouraged me with these two sections of scripture. I wish to share them with you.
If you have lost a loved one, either because they are going down a path you aren’t certain about, they have removed themselves from your life or communication with you and your family, or if they have passed away, please know that God is Big, God is Mighty, and God is always at work to bring about His will in all circumstances. We must do all that we can if the Lord puts it on our hearts to seek after them, but also trust in HIM that it is HE who will do the greatest and mightiest work in looking after His sheep out of all.
One thing we can know for certain: He wants to give us every reason to come to Him. And if at any time in our lives we decided to be one of His and we get lost, He will come after us with all He has!
He “has” a lot. And His reach cannot even begin to be fathomed with the mere human mind or heart.
This we do know.
“Therefore judge nothing before the appointed time; wait till the Lord comes. He will bring to light what is hidden in darkness and will expose the motives of men’s hearts. At that time each will receive his praise from God. (1 Cor 4:5).
So he told them this parable: “What man of you, having a hundred sheep, if he has lost one of them, does not leave the ninety-nine in the open country, and go after the one that is lost, until he finds it? And when he has found it, he lays it on his shoulders, rejoicing. And when he comes home, he calls together his friends and his neighbors, saying to them, ‘Rejoice with me, for I have found my sheep that was lost.’ Just so, I tell you, there will be more joy in heaven over one sinner who repents than over ninety-nine righteous persons who need no repentance. Luke 15:3-7