Remember old Jonah? Jonah was the quintessential running man. God said, “Jonah, go this way.” Jonah went the other way. God put signs in Jonah’s life that He was seeking him. Into Jonah’s life He put the boat, the sailors, the rough seas, the whale, the digestive juices of the whale all over Jonah’s body. He had the whale cough Jonah up on dry land and finally Jonah said, “I got the picture. I see all the signs. I want to respond to the signs. Now I am ready to go your way, God.” Maybe the situation or the event or the sign or the person that God has put in your life is occurring right now. May the person is seated right next to you. Maybe it is the person who invited you to this church. Maybe you need to engage that person in conversation. Maybe you need to step back and say, “Now I see, God, why you let me go through this or that event. It was to allow me to be found, to become a part of Your flock.” Shake hands with those signs. God has put them there for a reason.
Now I would love to say that God will always search for lost things. I wish I could say that, that God will never stop searching, that He will always be saying, “I still haven’t found, haven’t found, haven’t found, what I am looking for.” But one day He is going to stop. And that is the fourth thing that we have got to understand. One day the search will end. Jesus will say that it is the end of the hunt. I wish I didn’t have to tell you these words, but I have got to because the Bible says them.
Listen to Christ’s scary and chilling words in Luke 13:25. “Once the head of the house gets up and shuts the door and you begin to stand outside and knock on the door saying, ‘Lord, open up to us.’, then he will answer and say to you, ‘I do not know where you are from’.” What a horrible picture! In other words we can’t become a Christian any time we want. We only have certain opportunities to turn to the Lord.
Let Your ears be attentive to my cry for mercy. If you, O Lord, kept a record of my sins, O Lord, who could stand? Ed Young© Copyright 2012admin, All rights Reserved. Written For: Ed Young