Surrendering The Secret


God Searches for Those who are Lost

Often the greatest obstacle to healing is our own resistance to the journey. There are many reasons to hold back, but one with which most of us struggle is doubting God’s heart toward us.

Given the pain and struggles in our lives, it’s no wonder we ask ourselves, If God is good, how could He have let this happen to me? It’s also understandable, given the way most of us have been raised, that we focus on God’s judgment and greatly underestimate His incredible desire and passion for each of us. Let’s consider His words to us.

For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him.

John 3:17, NIV

As a shepherd looks after his scattered flock when he is with them, so will I look after my sheep. I will rescue them from all the places where they were scattered on a day of clouds and darkness.

Ezekiel 34:12, NIV

Suppose one of you had a hundred sheep and lost one. Wouldn’t you leave the ninety-nine in the wilderness and go after the lost one until you found it? When found, you can be sure you would put it across your shoulders, rejoicing!” … Count on it—there’s more joy in heaven over one sinner’s rescued life than over ninety-nine good people in no need of rescue.

Luke 15:4-7, THE MESSAGE

According to John 3:17-21, God’s desire and goal for sending Jesus into our world was to save it, not to condemn it.

Have you ever considered that God is devoted to a save and rescue mission for our messed up world and for you in particular? How does this truth change your perspective?

Face it, sheep aren’t too bright, and they clearly can’t protect themselves. According to Ezekiel 34:12,15-16, God deals with us like sheep when we get lost in the fog or darkness of life. How does God’s promise apply to our own life issues, wounds, addictions, and spiritual struggles?

From His story in Luke 15, Jesus lovingly cares for you as a shepherd cares for his sheep, leaving the 100 to search for you when you’re lost, carrying you home when He finds you, and celebrating your return with friends and family. How does the way He values and even treasures you affect your willingness to be “found” by Him?