By: Tim Sader
This is what the Lord says: “Stand at the crossroads and look; ask for the ancient paths, ask where the good way is, and walk in it, and you will find rest for your souls.
Last week we learned what Christ said about us being humble and why we should be that way. God is in control if we understand this and are humbled to Him we will be lead down the path of righteousness. Being humble can be hard we always want to be in control and anytime we lose control for whatever reason it makes us uncomfortable. When we are made humble we gain a new perspective on trusting God and we wake up to the truth that He loves us. In a parable we see the Pharisee prays to the Lord out of pride telling of his own righteousness but the sinful man comes humbly to God confessing his sins begging forgiveness. If we are humble now to the Lord we will later be exalted but if we exalt ourselves now then later we must be humbled. To understand being both humbled and exalted is good so we will see things from both sides since the Lord does both. The Pharisee is proud and exalted if we are like this we will be humbled but if we will be humbled now and let the Lord lead us we will not easily be lost along lives way. When we get lost or face a crossroad it is hard for us to find our way if we knew the way certainly we would not stay lost. People not only get lost from having pride we get lost in many ways with the circumstances of life. The first step to getting out of anything is admitting to it; if we can’t accept that we are lost we cannot be found.
In life we have all been lost at one time or another. I have been lost in life different ways; as a child I remember being lost in a crowd where I couldn’t find my parents it was terrifying to me. In school I would feel lost at times trying to fit in and would become who I knew I wasn’t. As I got older and wanted to have fun I got lost in the party and would wake with regrets form blacking out. In the past year I got lost again when my brother Joe passed away much too young. He was only twenty-eight and he was more than a best friend we, were a team that functioned best when the other was there. I lost a part of me that May and I lost him to the one thing me and him could not change, the disease that made our muscles weak. Feeling loss is one of the quickest ways we can get lost but if we will not rise above it and find our way through, we will not get past it. The story of Zacchaeus shows us how to become un-lost so please read Luke 19:1-10 to see what he did. First he admits he is short and lost in the crowd and needed to gain perspective by rising above them all. He does this by finding the nearest tree and climbing it to see over the crowd to search for the one thing that might help him be found. He climbed the tree so he could see what the deal was with this guy Jesus he heard so much about. Not only did he see his way to Jesus but Jesus found his way to Zacchaeus and Jesus walked him home. When they met, the crowd still lost; could not understand why Jesus would waste his time they knew Zacchaeus was a sinner but they did not share in his desire to see the Lord like Zacchaeus did. The Lord went home with Zacchaeus because he first souk Him when he was lost to find his way and like Hebrews 11:6 says, “without faith it is impossible to please him: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him.” If we are lost we should be like Zacchaeus use our faith to find the good way that leads to Jesus and he will visit us and reward us for diligently seeking after Him.
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Blessed are you who enter in God’s name—from God’s house we bless you! God is God, he has bathed us in light. Psalm 118:26-27