Luke 15:4 – Ole Hallesby

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For Friday June 17, 2022:

LUKE 15:4

Luke 15:4 (NKJV)
“What man of you, having a hundred sheep, if he loses one of them, does not leave
the ninety-nine in the wilderness, and go after the one which is lost until he finds it?”

We have spoken of those people who make use of the love of God as a means of wriggling away from religion, and who smile at the whole thing.

But there are others who do not smile.

They are never many in number. Jesus gives figurative expression to this in the parable when He speaks of the one and the ninety and nine.

Listen now, you lonely, fearful lost soul: Jesus loves you.

No, He does not love me, you say. He is angry with me. And rightfully so. I have never done anything but sin against Him.

Yes, you are right. If you were to receive according to what you have merited, you would have nothing to hope for. However, Jesus has taken upon Himself that which you should have suffered. “He was wounded for our transgressions, he was bruised for our iniquities; the chastisement of our peace was upon him; and with his stripes we are healed.”

Such is His love toward you.

That is why He was so grieved when you went away from Him. He has sought you day and night. Have you not heard Him call?

Yes, you have. And it makes you restless. It is then that sin becomes such a burden to you. It is then that you begin to long for God, for reconciliation and forgiveness.

But how shall I find the way to God, you ask.

That you cannot do. Nor has God asked you to do that. It is He who seeks you. And now He has found you. Now the only question is: Will you yield and not run away from Him any more? If so, He will lay you on His shoulder and carry you home.

That is what it means to be converted.

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O. Hallesby, God’s Word for Today: A Daily Devotional for the Whole Year, trans. Clarence J. Carlsen (Minneapolis, MN: Augsburg, 1994), 177.

About Roland Ledoux

Pastor of Oasis Bible Ministry, an outreach ministry of teaching, encouragement and intercessory prayer from the Holy Bible, the written Word of God and author of the ministry website, For The Love of God. He lives in Delta, Colorado with his beautiful wife of 50+ years and a beautiful yellow lab whom they affectionately call Bella.
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