Today’s Scripture: John 6:35-40
35 Jesus replied, “I am the bread of life. Whoever comes to me will never be hungry again. Whoever believes in me will never be thirsty. 36 But you haven’t believed in me even though you have seen me. 37 However, those the Father has given me will come to me, and I will never reject them. 38 For I have come down from heaven to do the will of God who sent me, not to do my own will. 39 And this is the will of God, that I should not lose even one of all those he has given me, but that I should raise them up at the last day. 40 For it is my Father’s will that all who see his Son and believe in him should have eternal life. I will raise them up at the last day.”
When was the last time you were lost – like, really lost? The invention of GPS has certainly cut down that feeling of not knowing where we are or how to get back home. But unfortunately, GPS does not help our feeling emotionally and spiritually lost. I wish it did.
We have all been feeling a little lost these past few months – some of us more than others – but all of us are walking a road we’ve never been on before. This feeling of lostness can be overwhelming at times. To me life in the pandemic feels like driving in a city you used to live in decades ago. You recognize some familiar things, but the whole vibe is off, and you start to question your ability to navigate. You wonder if the “off” feeling will lead to complete lostness.
This happens in our spiritual lives as well. Maybe it’s even happening now. We remember times when we were close to God and felt the presence of Christ – but then life happens. We find ourselves in a familiar city, but it doesn’t feel quiet right. It feels like we’re a little lost. And the fear comes in that we won’t find our way back.
But today hear the words of Jesus in this passage: “And this is the will of God, that I should not lose even one of all those he has given me.”
It doesn’t matter if we feel lost. It does not matter that life has run over us and made us lose our way. It does not matter that our former closeness to God now feels like a gulf between us and God. It does not matter because Jesus has us. And he’s not going to lose us. No matter what.
Maybe today you are feeling a little (or a lot!) lost. Take a deep breath and remember that Jesus is still with you and he knows the way back home. Trust him. Follow him. He’s right here.
God thank you for sending your son Jesus. His life, death, and resurrection brings us to you in ways that we could not accomplish on our own. Remind us that because of Jesus we are never lost – no matter how lost we feel. Remind us that we are in the arms of Jesus – even now.