“Suppose one of you has a hundred sheep and loses one of them. Doesn’t he leave the ninety-nine in the open country and go after the lost sheep until he finds it? And when he finds it, he joyfully puts it on his shoulders"
Farming methods have changed significantly over the last 2000 years. I have a friend who is a farmer in South Australia who recently invested in a drone which he now uses to check the growth of his pasture and the water levels in the dams, monitor his heard of beef cattle and check fence lines for damage, all from the comfort of his living room. It kind of lessens the impact of Jesus parable about the shepherd and the lost sheep. The level of effort required to track down lost livestock is a bit less onerous when it can be done from home. One of the points of Jesus' parable is the amount of effort the shepherd goes to in order to find this lost sheep. When it comes to a relationship with God, all of us were lost and hopeless but God did not stay home in his comfy chair and send a drone out to find us. God himself, came to find us in our poor, miserable, and lonely state of sin. Not only that but in order to reclaim us and return us to his flock, he died for us. Even death itself was not enough to stop God from being with you. No matter what life might throw at you today, you can be confident that God will be with you and provide a way for you through all your challenges because he has already overcome death, the biggest challenge, for you.
Lord Jesus, help me not to become a lost sheep today. Help me to hear your voice calling and guiding me so that I might follow you more closely in all things. When I do find myself lost and confused, help me to remember that you are always near, ready to pull me back into your arms of love and mercy. Amen
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