In family worship, we have reading from the book of Ezekiel. There are a lot of deep and awesome truths found in that book, some of which unlock other controversies that we have yet to understand. Throughout the coming weeks, I will write about the book of Ezekiel based on various points my family members bring out each night. I pray that you will blessed.
I was lost, but now am found. But who found me? Who was looking for me?
"For thus saith the Lord God; 'Behold, I, even I, will both search my sheep, and seek them out.' " (Ezekiel 34:11)And why does He want to find me?
"As a shepherd seeketh out his flock in the day that he is among his sheep that are scattered; so will I seek out My sheep, and will deliver them out of all places where they have been scattered in the cloudy and dark day." (Ezekiel 34:12)And as my favorite Scripture says, "I have called you by your name; you are Mine" (Isaiah 43:1).
The Cloudy and Dark DayIt is not every sheep that is rebellious. It is not every backslidden Christian who set out to backslide. Some go astray looking for greener pasture and find themselves lost as the sun goes done. Some just get "lost" in the crowd - in the church, but not of it. Some, like the prodigal son, willingly choose to leave, only to find theirs a more miserable existence than before. But many - very many - simply lose sight of God in the dark and cloudy day. Rather than fixing their eyes on the Light of Life, they are tossed about by the sea and unwittingly lose their spiritual eyesight. Stresses, perceived slights, a desire to fit in, poor grades at school: all of these can distract us from the Light, and pull us farther and farther away from the safe harbour.
"He Will Heal Us"But no matter the cause for my straying, no matter what pulled me away, God loves His sheep, each one; and He will not simply bring me back into His fold. No, no - He will bind my broken heart, heal my wounded mind, and restore His image in me.
That is how much He loves me.