Friday, November 24

Our Father’s Heart

Scripture: Matthew 17-19

Matthew 18:14 In just the same way your Father in heaven does not want any of these little ones to be lost.

Observation/application 

Here are three things Jesus says about “these little ones.”  Notice the huge heart of our Father!

First, Jesus says that we are not to despise or look down on them, because their angels are always before the face of God.  It’s possible that each of us has at least one guardian angel who has access to God and who looks out for us.  See Hebrews 1:14.  Here is a beautiful expression of God’s care for us.

Second, Jesus uses the example of a shepherd who diligently searches for one lost sheep.  God is actively looking for the lost, the stray, the wanderer.  Those we might ignore, God searches for.

Third, Jesus declares God’s will: He doesn’t want any to be lost.  That’s why He leaves the 99 and launches an all out search for the one.  God doesn’t want anyone to be lost or to perish, but wants all to be saved.  John 3:16, 1 Timothy 2:4, 2 Peter 3:9.

This is the heart of our Father—it gives me great comfort, and it also motivates me to be in search mode like God is, and to care for each wandering person.  It is easy to blame the lost for being lost, to devalue them.  That’s not the heart of God.  He is the Seeker.  He values each person so much that He launches an all out search to find them and bring them home.  He wants all to be found.

Prayer: Lord, thank You for Your huge heart.  Enlarge my heart and make it like Yours!