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Tuesday

May 30, 2017

The Joy of Being Found

Read

Luke 15:4-6, “Suppose one of you has a hundred sheep, and loses one of them. Doesn’t he leave the ninety-nine in the open country and go after the lost sheep until he finds it? And when he finds it, he joyfully puts it on his shoulders and goes home. Then he calls his friends and neighbors together and says, ‘Rejoice with me; I have found my lost sheep.’”

Think

When something is lost frustration ensues. Feelings quickly become frantic when the missing article is a living being. As the shepherd does in the passage above, we too would search for the one lost until it is found and safe again. For a parent, the desperation of finding a lost child is unimaginable. And when the lost child is rescued radically, the relief and joy is also beyond comprehension.

Right now, God is searching for countless people. The lost matter deeply to Him. In fact, Luke 15:7 continues, “I tell you that in the same way there will be more rejoicing in heaven over one sinner who repents than over ninety-nine righteous persons who do not need to repent.” How amazing to be celebrated in such a way! The message is clear: God sees you. He wants you to find peace.  And you matter to Him!

Pray

Thank God for His kindness and love. Ask Him to place someone in your path today to share from the overflow of your heart, how much they matter to God also.

Act

Pray a high-risk prayer that you will encounter someone lost today. Be aware of those you encounter and be ready to share God’s love.

 

Monday

April 17, 2017

More Than a Chance Encounter

Read

Joshua 2:1, "Then Joshua son of Nun secretly sent two spies from Shittim. ‘Go, look over the land’ he said, ‘especially Jericho.’ So they went and entered the house of a prostitute named Rahab and stayed there.”

Think

The providence of God is mysterious and miraculous. What we might consider “chance encounters” could actually be an arranged meeting by God. That is what happened in the life of Rahab and the Israeli spies. As the spies scouted the city of Jericho, they needed a place to hide. They found it in the home of Rahab, the prostitute. Scripture tells us that she knew who they were by the reputation that preceded them; the stories of the Israelites and their God were well known. She probably never anticipated that she would have an opportunity to meet them. But, there they were in her home and something in her was obviously drawn to want to know more about them and the God they served. So much so that she would ask them to save her and her family when the city fell. Because of a providential encounter and the courage to ask that she and her family be saved, Rahab ended up in the lineage of Jesus.

Rahab saw the evidence of God in the lives of the spies and she wanted what they had. As Christ-Followers, evidence of Him should be seen in our lives also. We never know if we might have a providential encounter with someone who is seeking Him. Don’t miss the opportunity for a divine encounter that could completely change the trajectory of someone’s life.

Pray

Thank God for His providential plan to save us through the death, burial and resurrection of His son, Jesus Christ. Ask that He open your heart and eyes to the providential encounters He may have for you.

Act

A red cord was used to identify Rahab and her family so they could escape Jericho as it was captured. Tie a red cord around your wrist or put it in a prominent place as a reminder to allow evidence of Him in your life.