Luke 15:3-7 (KJV)
And he spake this parable unto them, saying,
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 neighbours, 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.
Would you leave 99% of your flock to go after one sheep who got lost? To many, this would seem counterproductive. Leaving your entire flock unattended to recover just one sheep would seem to be a risky proposition. However, to the shepherd who cares for each and every one of his sheep, he is delighted when one lost sheep is brought back into the fold.
Jesus, who is the Good Shepherd, is concerned with the welfare of all of His people. He finds us when we get lost, restores us when we go off track and rejoices when we repent of our sins.
When we make the Lord ruler over our lives, His provision and protection are continually with us. We are safe and secure under the care of the Good Shepherd.
Ecclesiastes 2:24-26 (KJV)
There is nothing better for a man, than that he should eat and drink, and that he should make his soul enjoy good in his labour. This also I saw, that it was from the hand of God.
For who can eat, or who else can hasten hereunto, more than I?
For God giveth to a man that is good in his sight wisdom, and knowledge, and joy: but to the sinner he giveth travail, to gather and to heap up, that he may give to him that is good before God. This also is vanity and vexation of spirit.
Both provision and the ability to enjoy provisions are blessings from God. Without God, we would not even be able to digest the food that we worked so hard to gather.
When we accept that all we have comes from the hand of God and are content with whatever He has given us, we will then find peace and satisfaction. Keep God first in your life because the key to living well is to live a life which is pleasing to Him.
Psalm 37:23-26 (KJV)
The steps of a good man are ordered by the LORD: and he delighteth in his way.
Though he fall, he shall not be utterly cast down: for the LORD upholdeth him with his hand.
I have been young, and now am old; yet have I not seen the righteous forsaken, nor his seed begging bread.
He is ever merciful, and lendeth; and his seed is blessed.
Do not fear when you walk through treacherous territory because the Lord protects the righteous. He makes our steps secure and goes before us to clear the way. The presence of the Lord is always with His people.
2 Chronicles 16:9 (KJV)
For the eyes of the LORD run to and fro throughout the whole earth, to shew himself strong in the behalf of them whose heart is perfect toward him. Herein thou hast done foolishly: therefore from henceforth thou shalt have wars.
Isn’t it wonderful that the eyes of God see everything? He is aware of all of our difficulties; from the biggest to the smallest. God is looking for His people so that He can show Himself strong. Stay faithful and committed to God. He alone has the power to deliver us from our problems.
2 Kings 3:17 (KJV)
For thus saith the LORD, Ye shall not see wind, neither shall ye see rain; yet that valley shall be filled with water, that ye may drink, both ye, and your cattle, and your beasts.
Despite the drought like conditions that we may live in from time to time, Christians have reason to remain hopeful. Scripture tells us that despite being in a drought, God can still make the water come.
Nothing is impossible for God. He can do whatever He pleases. As long as we remain faithful to God, we are connected to the One who can meet all of our needs.
Psalm 1:2-3 (KJV)
But his delight is in the law of the Lord; and in his law doth he meditate day and night. And he shall be like a tree planted by the rivers of water, that bringeth forth his fruit in his season; his leaf also shall not wither; and whatsoever he doeth shall prosper.
When we live out God’s Word and do His will, we will be like the flourishing tree planted by streams. Our thirst will be quenched and we will be continually refreshed. God will make our way prosperous when His Word is hidden in our hearts. God Bless.
Isaiah 55:9 (NIV)
As the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts.
My business unit recently moved into a new building because we needed more space. The views from the new building are spectacular. From the higher floors, you can see the towering office buildings of the town center in one direction and breathtaking mountain ranges in the other. One day as I was enjoying the views, it dawned on me that the higher you are, the more you can see the big picture. In the same way, the more we turn our hearts to God and seek His wisdom, the more we can see the circumstances of our lives from heaven’s perspective.
Just as the heavens are higher than the earth, the ways of the Lord are higher than our ways. God has a plan for our lives that’s bigger than anything we can think or imagine. We can trust in God’s providence and have confidence that God is working out the details of our lives for our good (Romans 8:28, NIV). God’s Word will not return to Him void and will produce fruit in our lives when we place our trust in Him.