When others cast you out, be at peace. Jesus WILL find you.
John 9:35-38 – Jesus heard that they had cast him out; and when He had found him, He said unto him, Dost thou believe on the Son of God? He answered and said, Who is He, Lord, that I might believe on Him? And Jesus said unto him, Thou hast both seen Him, and it is He that talketh with thee. And he said, Lord, I believe. And he worshipped Him.
Let me begin today with a simple question. Are you the object of God’s love? Allow me to continue by answering that question. WITHOUT A DOUBT, YOU ARE, UNEQUIVOCABLY, THE OBJECT OF GOD’S LOVE! Throughout the Scriptures, you will find this truth borne out again and again. John 3:16 alone should settle that thought in your heart and mind, but still there are many more passages that confirm it.
We find it in the Scriptures, and there are myriad testimonies of our God showing Himself mighty in our behalf as our FINDER. We sing it in the hymns of the church, one of the most notable in the words, “Amazing grace, how sweet the sound; that saved a wretch like me. I once was lost, but now I’m found; was blind, but now I see.” While the writer of that song lived many centuries after the incident revealed in our Text for Today, the subject of that hymn is clearly built on that incident.
I, too, was once lost, but now I’m found. And if Jesus is your Lord, that is your theme song as well. But His divine work in finding us is not just the work of the new birth. What of a sheep that strays from the fold. Does our Master not go forth, leaving the 99, to seek the ONE that is lost? Once again, every person who has been a Christian for any length of time could speak to this issue, for we have all strayed at some point, to some degree, for some length of time. And yet in our straying, the FINDER sought for us to bring us fully into the fold again.
I don’t know where you are today, but be assured of this. The FINDER is seeking for you. Whether you are lost, fully back-slidden, or at the beginning of your straying, the FINDER is seeking for you. And while that is certainly good news, I have even more good news for you. All you have to do is let your voice be heard. You see, the Scriptures declare that “whosoever shall call on the Name of the Lord shall be saved.” Be you sinner or strayed saint, “whosoever shall call on the Name of the Lord shall be saved.” And even more good news in that arena. You don’t have to be a sinner or strayed saint to apply this great truth. It works for the believer who is diligently seeking to follow the Lord but finds him/herself in distress. Whether you are a sinner, strayed saint, or strained saint, call on the Name of the Lord our FINDER. He seeks to save.
Manna for Today – John 9; John 3:16; 3 John 2; 1 John 4:9; Romans 10:6-17; Psalm 91