Luke 15 is often referred to as “The Lost Chapter” because it contains parables concerning “the lost coin”, “the lost sheep”, and “the lost son” or the “prodigal son”.
As I was contemplating something lost earlier today, the Lord reminded me that there are no “lost causes”, no situations or scenarios beyond His reach. Sometimes we can get in our heads that certain things are hopeless or just things of the past when that isn’t exactly true.
The prodigal son has long been a favorite parable of mine. I love it for its rich symbolism to us as God’s children. Once we were afar off from God, separated by sin, eating in the troughs of rubbish until the day we came to our senses. We heard God’s voice beckoning us to come and dine at His table. And then, our Heavenly Father, who saw us coming in the distance just as this dear father did in Luke 15, began to run toward his wayward son, wrapped us in His loving arms and welcomed us back into the family. What love! What redemption! All was not lost. Not anymore.
Then we have the parable of the lost sheep. One might think that the shepherd would not waste his time looking for that one who had gone astray. He has 99; that’s good enough, isn’t it? 99% isn’t bad, right? This parable once again demonstrates the vast and unending love our Heavenly Father has for us. He is thrilled to have the 99 sheep, but His truest desire is that none should perish but that all will come into the fold of His love. According to this parable, you and I are worth the search, worth the effort.
Have you ever lost something highly valuable? I have.
As I contemplated this thought today, the Lord reminded me that He remains in the restoration business. He is the Redeemer of our soul and is able to heal us in every way.
“He restores my soul.”
I am comforted by the thought that God orchestrates my paths and ordains all of my days. If I trust Him, He will lead me in paths of righteousness. Surely goodness and mercy will follow me all of my days.
He can be trusted, friends. No matter what you may have lost. Your reputation, your job, your home, a relationship. Regardless of your circumstances, there are no lost causes with God. He is the God of the second chance. And the third and fourth …. and ninety-ninth. You are not beyond His reach of redemption. There is hope.
“So he returned home to his father. And while he was still a long way off, his father saw him coming. Filled with love and compassion, he ran to his son, embraced him, and kissed him. His son said to him, ‘Father, I have sinned against both heaven and you, and I am no longer worthy of being called your son.’
But his father said to the servants, ‘Quick! Bring the finest robe in the house and put it on him. Get a ring for his finger and sandals for his feet. And kill the calf we have been fattening. We must celebrate with a feast, for this son of mine was dead and has now returned to life. He was lost, but now he is found.’ So the party began.
…We had to celebrate this happy day. For your brother was dead and has come back to life! He was lost, but now he is found!’