Matthew 18:12 “What do you think? If a man owns a hundred sheep, and one of them wanders away, will he not leave the ninety-nine on the hills and go to look for the one that wandered off? 13 And if he finds it, truly I tell you, he is happier about that one sheep than about the ninety-nine that did not wander off. 14 In the same way your Father in heaven is not willing that any of these little ones should perish.
Where do I start today? I write devotionals meant to encourage you that are out on the front lines in spiritual battle. Lately that battle has come to our home. Laurie and I have prayed about running an orphanage for years. Little did we know that we would get so much practice in our own house with our 13 year old that was adopted 4 years ago. Stealing, drunkenness, obsessions, pornography, lying, running away, threats . . . should I go on? You get the picture. This morning I installed locks on all of our bedroom doors. Our house is feeling like a prison more and more each day.
I love this sheep that has wandered off and fallen off the cliff in need of rescue. He has a lot of reasons to wander off and get lost. The new wounds that he receives from falling are minor compared to the wounds that he received as a younger child.
Our Father does not put a litmus test before us when we need rescued. When I have reached up from my own cliff disasters Jesus has never said “if you don’t stop falling down, I’m going to stop rescuing you”. No. He always pulls me up no matter how stupid I am.
I’m really tired. I don’t want to rescue anymore. I’m sure that you don’t want to rescue at times too. Maybe Psalms 23 should add a line – Makes me lie down in green pastures while He goes and rescues our sheep. Wait . . . “our” sheep or “His”?
Think about it . . .