Luke 15 v 4 KJV
“What man of you, having an hundred sheep, if he lose one of them, doth not leave the ninety and nine in the wilderness, and go after that which is lost, until he find it? And when he hath found it, he layeth it on his shoulders, rejoicing. And when he cometh home, he calleth together his friends and neighbors, saying unto them, Rejoice with me; for I have found my sheep which was lost. I say unto you, that likewise joy shall be in heaven over one sinner that repenteth, more than over ninety and nine just persons, which need no repentance.”
Life can throw a lot of unexpected curve balls along our journey. If we aren’t discerning the seasons and times then, we may find ourselves, wandering into a strange land that we were never meant to enter. We may find ourselves, befriending wolves who is really baiting us in for the kill. We may find ourselves, enjoying the pleasures of this strange land and lose God-conscious in the process. Yes, life offers a lot of curve balls along our journey but isn’t the God who sits high and looks low and is in touch with our infirmities able to find you(Psalm 138:6, Hebrews 4:15)?
Personally speaking, I find myself running away from God at times when I am confused, chaos is breaking out or when there is pressure. I find myself, becoming a hermit, pushing away the people I love the most so that I can internalize my problems and come up with a solution. That solution however, always turns out to be temporary because it’s never the solution that God had in mind.
Isn’t it crazy of us, especially believers, that we run away from God when we need him the most? We willingly bare our burdens and come out even more miserable than before. Why, are there moments when that we think that our wisdom and strength is more profound than our God?
Although, I don’t think it’s done intentionally, however, when we try to figure out things on our own, we become the sheep that has wandered away. We get off course and take another path that promises confusing directions and no protection. We lose our frequency to our God-conscious and now the voice that we could hear so clearly before is now producing static.
With static in our inner man and confusion in our soul, we often drown out the noise by staying busy. We drown out the noise by, doing things that the good Shepard would not approve of. We drown out the noise, by feeding our flesh its desires while our spirit is becoming malnutrition.
We do these things to cope from the decisions we have made, that we know were never a part of God’s plan. When it seems like everything we are doing isn’t working, we continue running away from the one who can save us. We disguise ourselves because no one wants to admit their lost and broken. We wear these mask to cover the shame that our fruit has produced. We try to crack a smile but even that is washed away shortly by the tears that condemnation has made.
It’s normally, when we have exhausted all of other options that we give up and ask for directions. We find ourselves empty of pride and full of humility as the good Shepard stands beside us and release his peace, comfort, and love.
He lifts us up over his shoulders and carry us home. He removes our mask; he cleanses us, his mercy washes away everything we did along our journey and he calls us his own. He rejoices and the angels sing over us as the heavens open. No more condemnation, but his love overflows in our heart and the frequency between us and the father is restored.
The whole time we were running and operating out of our own intellect and God never lost sight of us. He protected us even when we didn’t know it. He pursued us even though we don’t deserve it. He’s standing with arms opened wide waiting for us to come back to him. God has left the ninety and nine just for… YOU!
Maybe, you have wandered off and took a different plan than what God intended for you. Maybe, you feel lost and helpless. Maybe, you even feel abandoned. Well, here is some good news, it doesn’t matter how dirty you get. It doesn’t matter how many times you have wandered off into a strange land. It doesn’t matter! God is pursuing you! His mercy is new every morning(Lamentations 3:22-23). His grace abounds even more when sin abound(Romans 5:20). His blood purifies and washes you clean (1 John 1:7). He died on the cross for you(1 Peter 2:24). His love for you is unfailing and can’t be matched (Psalm 36:7). He rejoices over you(Zephaniah 3:17). He has good things in store for you(Psalm 84:11). Nothing, can pluck you out of the palm of his hand(John 10:28-30). He will protect you and become your refuge(Psalm 46:1). He is your strong tower(Proverbs 18:10). He will plundered over your enemies and will prepare you a table before them(Jeremiah 30:16, Psalm 23:5). He has made you whole(Psalm 23:3). He has redeemed and set you free(Ephesians 1:7). He has launch a pursuit after you… because he loves you(John 3:16).
Don’t reject the father’s love but embrace it! Romans 8:1-2 (KJV) says, “There is therefore now no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit. For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus hath made me free from the law of sin and death.” Be free from who hurt you. Be free from what you did to yourself. Cast off condemnation, for the Lord has redeemed you this day. His pursuit wasn’t in vain. He is rejoicing over YOU!