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Perspectives: Lost and found


Someone recently asked, “What is worse than being lost?” The response was, “Not knowing you were lost.”

That certainly wasn’t the problem for the cast and characters of “Gilligan’s Island” and “Cast Away.” The stranded and lost travelers were fully aware of their condition and did their best to survive while they waited — and hoped — to be found.

In Genesis chapter 37, we read about Joseph who was lost to his family. His jealous brothers sold him into slavery and made sure his father would never look for him. If his father Jacob thought he might still be alive, he would have searched as long and as far as he could have.

But Joseph figured he couldn’t sit around and wait for his family to show up. He made a decision to live for the God who saw him brought all the way down to Egypt. And “his master observed that the Lord was with him and that the Lord made everything he was doing successful.” (Genesis 39:3 NET)

Later on, God helped this lost son reunite with his brothers and his father!

When I consider God, the great and divine searcher of souls, I begin to perceive the weight of value he places on our lives. Jesus made it very clear, over and over, how much we are loved. In Luke chapter 15, Jesus says, “Which one of you, if he has a hundred sheep and loses one of them, would not leave the 99 in the open pasture and go look for the one that is lost until he finds it? Then when he has found it, he places it on his shoulders, rejoicing. Returning home, he calls together his friends and neighbors, telling them, ‘Rejoice with me, because I have found my sheep that was lost.’” NET

David the Psalmist understood how it felt to be lost. He wrote about the Lord as his shepherd. He understood the high level of care that sheep needed. As a shepherd himself, he’d searched for his own lost and wandering sheep. But sometimes David’s soul felt “lost” and far from God, and he prayed, “Listen to my cry for help, O Lord! Give me insight by your word. … I have wandered off like a lost sheep. Come looking for your servant, for I do not forget your commands.” (Psalm 119:169, 176 NET)

Simply put, David got lost. He became overly confident and made selfish choices. His kingdom suffered the consequences. Later, he again craved the direction God’s word gave. His steps would become sure in the light of God’s word. He wrote, “Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path.” (Psalm 119:105 NET)

David was grateful for God’s loving concern that drove God to search and find David when he lost his way. David declared, “You lead me in the path of life; I experience absolute joy in your presence; you always give me sheer delight.” (Psalm 16:11 NET)

Can anyone ever be too lost? Not in God’s eyes, “But God, being rich in mercy, because of his great love with which he loved us, even though we were dead in transgressions, made us alive together with Christ — by grace you are saved! And he raised us up with him and seated us with him in the heavenly realms in Christ Jesus to demonstrate in the coming ages the surpassing wealth of his grace in kindness toward us in Christ Jesus.” (Ephesians 2: 4-5 NET)

Barbara Brown serves on the ministry team at the Lighthouse Church of God.


Perspectives is a regular column sponsored and written by members of the Ketchikan Ministerial Association.