Luke 15:4:“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?”

Jesus told us a story about lost sheep. Here is His story:

A sheepherder performed a head count of his sheep and found that one of his lambs went missing. So he left the 99 sheep of his flock at the campsite and went looking for the lost lamb. High and low, he looked everywhere. Meanwhile the sun went down and it was almost dark when he finally discovered it. Profoundly relieved he carried the lamb home on his shoulders. As he went, He shared with all of his friends and family what had transpired, and everybody was glad to hear the good news.

I don’t know about you, but the ninety nine sheep left behind were always a puzzle to me. What if the shepherd later returns to the camp to find out that his other sheep took off in the meantime? With ninety nine sheep scattered, the crisis would have become even worse than before, with only one lamb gone astray – or maybe not? Jesus did not specify a number. Perhaps the story of one lost sheep in all reality is the story of one hundred lost sheep.

Humanity crossed a threshold a long time ago when we left the Garden of Eden; from that point forward we have striven to find our way back to Paradise, whether consciously or subconsciously. Unfortunately, there is a million ways we can get lost on the way, and this is where Jesus comes in. He is the Good Shepherd actively helping the lost – although He has a hard time finding certain strays that insist they are not lost.

Have you ever gone along for a ride and the driver of the car was overly confident? No asking for directions in the middle of a foggy night in a strange town … still driving in circles hours later – we know this driver is in denial.

Unfortunately we will stay lost when we are too arrogant to ask for directions; this is also true on a spiritual level. From the Lord’s point of view, He cannot help the proud. When we are humble enough to ask Him for help, Jesus will personally come to our rescue. Wherever we are, we are never too far gone that He can’t pick us up and bring us home.

“Seek the Lord while you can find him. Call upon him now while he is near.” *Living Bible

How do we find the Lord? The answer is simple: by seeking Him out. The Lord does not let seekers down – at least not according to my experience. I searched for Him in my teenage years and He introduced Himself to me, which changed my life. The truth is the Lord wants to be found. We will find Him when we look for Him.

I don’t claim that it is easy to find the Lord, but it’s certainly not impossible. God sees all our struggles; He understands and has compassion on us. Unfortunately we often get sidetracked by the physical world and its distractions. God reasons with us saying (Isaiah 55:2):

“Why spend money on what is not bread and your labor on what does not satisfy? Listen, listen to me, and eat what is good and you will delight in the richest of fare.”

Calling out to the Lord is one thing; listening to Him is quite another. We need to hear from God. His Word resonates with us and is food to our soul. No amount of physical food can replace that. Accolades do us no good, fame and fortune won’t do either. Our soul craves the Lord’s attention and won’t be satisfied with anything less.

Prophet Isaiah wrote (Isaiah 55:6):

“Call upon Him now while He is near” (*Living Bible)

Call on Him now means call on Him always.  There’s always now. Right now is now. And here’s another now. If we missed an opportunity to call on the Lord, here is another now. We can pray at any time. Let us seize the moment and check in with the Lord; and if not now – then how about right now?

“Oh God you are my God and I will ever praise you. I will seek you in the morning and I will learn to walk in your ways and step by step you’ll lead and I will follow you all of my days.” (Rich Mullins)