Friday, March 30, 2012

Lost and Found

There is joy before the angels of God over one sinner who repents, Luke 15:10 (RSV)

“Adam, Eve. Where are you?” With that call recorded in Genesis, Adam and Eve became the world’s first lost children.

The Lord, of course, knew where they were, these two progenitors of mankind. The Lord’s concern, however, was not a question of physical, but spiritual safety.

My kids are grown, but sometimes I dream about their being lost. The pain, fear, and emptiness is so unbearable that I wake up. In the everyday world we often hear reports about parents whose children, go missing. That is the time people begin to pray asking the Lord to find the lost, bring them home and give peace and comfort to the parents. Most believers value Hebrews 13:5, “I will never fail you nor forsake you,” because we know the Lord hears and answers all prayers—no matter if the troubles we face are finances, relationships or fears for lost children.

After calling out for Adam and Eve in the garden, our heavenly Father promised all mankind that even though we purposely went our own way, He would find us and save us. God revealed his plan to send a Savior. In it, He asks us, his children, the sons and daughters of Adam and Eve, to turn and commit to His will, not our own. We rejoice when lost children are physically found. We rejoice even more when, spiritually lost, they decide to follow the Lord. So do the angels.

Father, be with us in all our fears, grant us calm and wisdom to hear your answers to our problems. Especially help us to find those who are lost. Amen.

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