“For the son of man came to seek and to save the lost”- Luke 19:10
Recently, I heard about a man lost in the city of Delhi in India. The man was found after several days by a policeman and, when asked how he lost his way, the man gave an astonishing reason, saying that he forgot his point of origin.
In Luke 15, the Bible describes three types or conditions of being lost: 1) The lost sheep, whereby that which was lost wandered off in the wilderness and the only way it was found was through a search operation; 2) The lost coin, where the thing that was lost did not wander off but helplessly remained lost where it was dropped; 3) The lost son, where the lost sought his way back home and was found.
We saw in these lostness the shepherd looked out, the women searched, and the father waited. They each did not give up on what they had lost. Francis Thomson, in his poem “The Hound of Heaven,” penned the relentlessness of God, “Ah, fondest, blindest, weakest; I am he whom thou seekest.” It was God who found Francis Thomson through a relentless pursuit.
You may be lost in any of the ways described above, but ‘do not be disheartened’ says the Bible. ‘He will never forsake you,’ ascertains the word of God. You may be stuck or trapped in a position or place, unable to move as a coin, and utterly lost. Keep believing anyway. God will not rest, much like the woman who lost her coin, until He finds you. Like the lost son, you may have wandered and traveled far off, but remember what God has done in your life and get right with Him. He is waiting for you and He has not forgotten you. God is always searching, looking out, and waiting because you are precious to Him.
"Where can I go from your Spirit?
Where can I flee from your presence?
If I go up to the heavens, you are there;
If I make my bed in the depth you are there."
- Psalm 139:7-12
We can never be so lost for God to not be able to find us. The greatest search operation in the history of mankind is God sending His Son to save and to seek that which is lost. Wherever you are today, remember that, we are lost when we forget our origin - that is God. And we will never be found until we remember our destiny - that is God. Let not life in between deceive and dilute you but, instead, always be in constant check to get right with and get found by God.
Guide me, Lord, that I may walk through this day safe by your side. Guard my heart, my mind, and my steps that I may always be found in you. Amen!
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