Do not be afraid of them, for I am with you to deliver you, declares the Lord.” – Jeremiah 1:8
The Son of Man came to seek and to save the lost. – Luke 19:10
I have never been completely lost. I’ve never been unable to find my way back to the place from which I had come. I’ve been confused. I’ve been disoriented. I’ve made wrong turns. I’ve gone the wrong way – once even driving some distance into Tennessee while on the way to Fort Knox, Kentucky! I just missed the turn. And it was before GPS apps on smartphones! But we just turned around and went back to where we needed to have turned and made our way to our destination. No problem.
But those who get really lost can wind up in grave danger. I hiker gets disoriented on the trail and ends up dying. A hunter gets separated from his buddies, falls, and is unable to find his way back to the camp. Grave. Deadly. Desperate.
The problem with getting lost, however, is that all too often you don’t know when you’ve become lost. When you’re really lost, you can’t just go back ten paces and find your way. Often we don’t know we’re lost until it’s too late. That is the way it is with our broken relationship with God: those who are lost are almost always unaware of it, or if they are aware of it, they have no idea how to get un-lost.
Thank God that he searches for us, seeking and saving the lost. He does that by revealing his heart and his very nature to us through his Son, Jesus Christ. For the way back from being lost is the way of faith; a connection with God and a rescue from God through his love, forgiveness, and sacrificial death and resurrection. He overcomes sin. He overcomes death. He conquers shame. He points us toward the True North of God’s ways and faith.