The word for this week is 'FOUND'.
Ever lose, misplace or forget where something was only to find it after a few minutes or even many days? The joy of finding what was lost is eagerly shared with others. And the more valuable the treasure the greater the celebration!
The word 'found' comes from the root word 'heurisko' in the N.T. That word is translated 'find'. What was once concealed is now revealed. What was once out of touch or even thought out of reach is no more. What was once lost is now 'found'.
The chapter where the word 'found' is seen often is Luke 15. In chapter 15, 32 verses in all, three separate circumstances are shared. In each, something/someone is lost and then 'found'.
In one situation, something outside the house was lost and found. In another, something inside the house was lost and found. In the third, someone inside the house chose to go outside. While on the way, he lost his way.
He was found but only after many days and much disappointment. The overwhelming disappointment he faced was rooted within himself, not his father. Before 'the prodigal 'came to himself', he must have been beside himself with disappointment and discouragement. However, until 'he had spent all'; the last thing he wanted was to be 'found'. Pain, problems and even poverty have a way of bringing us to our senses. Those kinds of circumstances have a way of rearranging our priorities and consequently our practice.
It has been observed by others much wiser than I that the sheep was lost because of foolishness. The coin was lost because of carelessness. And the son was lost because of willfulness. Any one of the above makes being lost a reality. But it also makes being 'found' a possibility.
There is, however another angle to consider in the use of this word
If you have ever played the game 'hide & seek' (and who hasn't), the thing that makes the game exciting is not the seeking but the finding. Seeking has a sense of adventure associated with it but it is the finding that makes it all worth it.
Do you realize that God desires for human beings to seek Him? Do you realize that God desires to be 'found'? Not because He is lost, but rather because we are. Not because He is hiding from us but rather because our sin has hidden our ability to see Him. The Lord is lost to us so long as we remain under the penalty of sin. He isn't 'found' because we have foolishly, carelessly, willfully or all three combined 'spent all'. We aren't looking for Him.
Could the desire to be 'found' be why the father did not run after his wayward son and ran to him when he returned? Could it be the reason why this father waited through all those long and lonely days of separation? The father of the prodigal not only wanted his son to be 'found', he desired to be 'found'.
Jeremiah 29:13 says volumes about God's desire to be 'found'.
"Seek Me and you will find Me when you search for Me with all your heart."
That is a promise from our Heavenly Father. It's more than just a possibility.
The sheep was helpless to be 'found' on its own. For the coin, it was simply hopeless from its lifeless perspective to be 'found'. But for the son, humility was absolutely essential in order to be 'found'.
Once 'found', the sheep would be safe under the protection of its master. Once 'found', the coin would be secure in the possession of its owner. Once 'found', the prodigal would be satisfied with the provision in the presence of his father.
"I once was lost but now am 'found', was blind but now I see".
If that is your personal testimony of faith, rejoice because your Father is! There's a celebration ongoing in Jesus' honor on your behalf!
If that isn't the case for you, seek the Lord while He may be found. Isaiah 55:6
You'll enjoy His best for the rest of your life. John 10:10b
So let the joy and celebration of being 'found', begin!!
1 Corinthians 15:58