This week I’ve been really thinking about how in this season of life we’re all a little “lost” so to say. The world is so uncertain and chaotic. It doesn’t seem like we have anything certain to stand on. If we believe one thing, we’re a “sheep” if we believe another then we are called deceived. So what is the truth?
Truth is found in Jesus. He is our firm foundation, a consistent foundation for us to stand upon. In a time where we feel that isolating ourselves is easier than going out and seeking “truth” that my friend, is deception at its finest. The enemy wants us to be isolated so he can creep into our thoughts, which eventually seeps into our words and actions. I say this from personal experience. I allowed myself to suffer from loneliness for a long time. I say “allowed” because it is by choice.
To avoid isolation we need to learn to lean upon Jesus for confidence and boldness so that we can find our community out there. We are all designed to be in community and not isolated. Jesus didn’t leave the ninety-nine to save us to just plop us into isolation.
If you feel like that lost sheep let me tell you this, Jesus is always there to take you back. He is the only one that you can break his heart seventy times seven times and he still rejoices when you come back to him! I don’t know many people on earth that would let you hurt them many times and still reach out their hand to you when you return. He takes you in even without a long winded apology. He just wants YOU. Right where you are and how you are. Leaving all of that on the table and just giving him your “yes”.
Cory Asbury said it best when he was discussing the meaning behind the song he wrote called “Reckless Love”:
So stand firm in that friend. He is FOR you even when the world isn’t. He is there FOR you even when no one on this earth is. He loves you, even the ugly parts of you.
Check out what Luke 15: 1-7 says:
“Now the tax collectors and sinners were all drawing near to hear him. And the Pharisees and the scribes grumbled, saying, “This man receives sinners and eats with them.” 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.”
He rejoices when you come to him for all of your needs. His arms are open and ready for you to return! That’s what a father is for and he is a GOOD, good Father
Thank you for reading! I hope you’re enjoying these devotionals and they are speaking to your heart. I am so thankful for all of you and your endless support!
Have a blessed week,