I love in the worship song “Reckless Love” how it says that He fights until we are found and He left the ninety-nine sheep in the field to look for the one sheep that was lost. Even when we were His foe He fought for us. We do not have to earn it and least of all none of us deserve His love, but He freely gives it away. There is no mountain He will not climb, no wall He will not kick down, shadow He will not light up or lie He will not tear down to come after us.
One Saturday my dad was watching a movie when I came home from work. Before I give you the title – go with me on this. This was an amazing visual that I think of every time I sing the “Reckless Love” song at church. The main character was a cop and he was trying to save a large metropolis from being destroyed by some evil computer hacker. The cop and another man (who is also a computer hacker) save the metropolis from destruction but the bad guy has the cop’s daughter. One of the best scenes in the movie is when the dad is in a semi-truck chasing the vehicle because his daughter is in with the evil man and his henchmen. The U.S. military sends out a fighter jet and the cop is the one driving a semi on a bridge. It’s kind of networked like the ones that are in Portland and Seattle. But the fighter jet starts shooting the semi instead of tracking down the car that has the man’s daughter in it.
The movie: Live Free or Die Hard with Bruce Willis.
Okay, so you might be sitting here wondering how in the world does this song and this movie relate to each other?
God will pursue us.
He wants the best for us.
The world may take us captive and Satan may try to stop us, but God is always there no matter what the circumstances may be.
“Then Jesus told them this parable, ‘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.’ 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.’” Luke 15:3-7.
“When he (Jesus) saw the crowds, he had compassion on them, because they were harassed and helpless, like sheep without a shepherd.” Matthew 9:36.
Maybe you are in a great season of life right now in your relationship with the Lord and do not feel like God has to chase after you. Maybe you are in a dark, scary or lonely wilderness and you may not feel like God is there with you, but He is. A good shepherd never leaves his sheep behind. He guides them and cares for them. You may not see it right now but He is there.
I would encourage you to read Psalm 23. Maybe take out a piece of paper and write out what you are going through that is tough right now or write down what is going well for you. Then spend some time meditating on Psalm 23. Then write down what evidence you see of Him being with you in the midst of your difficulty or your good times. You may not see it right away and that is okay. Sometimes God takes time to reveal Himself. And when He does take notice. Remember He is the same God as yesterday.
“The heart of the world is breaking under this load of pride and pretense. There is no release from our burden apart from the meekness of Christ.” ― A.W. Tozer, The Pursuit of God: The Human Thirst for the Divine
Let me leave you with these amazing words from the English Standard Version,
“The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases; his mercies never come to an end; they are new every morning; great is your faithfulness.” Lamentations 3:22, 23.
Megan is a graduate from Liberty University with her B.S. in Criminal Justice: Forensics. She enjoys reading a good book and spending time with her friends. Megan works with the Toddlers class at Grace Chapel. She also enjoys listening and singing to praise music.