September 15

Read: MATTHEW 18:12-14

We’ve all lost something for which we’ve frantically searched: keys, wallet, phone, child! Perhaps some of these are still lost, but how relieved we are when a lost thing has been found.

But what if you are that lost thing? What if it’s you who has wandered? The word lost implies that at some point that wasn’t the case. How does one become lost? Bad directions? Disobedience? Not paying attention? Listening to the wrong voices? Have you wandered from Jesus? From God’s word? Take some time to think about what distracts you from God.

God is seeking. He is seeking you no matter if you are wandering, lost, running, or hiding. His love will find you and rejoice. In 1758 Robert Robinson wrote these hymn lyrics: “Prone to wander, Lord, I feel it, prone to leave the God I love” (“Come Thou Fount of Every Blessing,” Covenant Hymnal, #68). Daily we are in need of God’s streams of mercy never ceasing.

“I have strayed like a lost sheep. Seek your servant, for I have not forgotten your commands” (Psalm 119:176, NIV). AMEN.

About the Author

Rick and Gail Mylander are lifelong Covenanters. They are currently serving at Bethlehem Covenant in Minneapolis where Rick is transitional lead pastor, but are members of Newport Covenant Church in Bellevue, Washington.

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