“What man of you, having a hundred sheep, if he has lost one of them, does not leave the ninety-nine in the open country, and go after the one that is lost until he finds it?”
There is a song called “Multiplied” by the band Needtobreathe that came out several years ago. It got kind of popular and was even was played for a while on Christian radio. You’ve probably heard it. The song as a whole is fine, but it’s not my favorite by any stretch. However, there is a line in it that has wrecked me to my core. It says, simply, “Your love will surely come find us.” When I first listened to this song, that line struck me as maybe the most true thing I had ever heard, and it has really stuck with me since then. To me, it is the most straightforward sentence that could be written about who God is, but also carries SO MUCH with it.
Your love will surely come find us. It is true of the entire story of history and of the Bible. Humanity was lost and had gone astray, wandering around searching for something or someone to give life meaning. Throughout the Old Testament, we see Israel pursue idols and self-exaltation over and over to give them meaning, life, and the things they want, but God does not leave them in this endless rat race. Motivated purely by His love for His children because He desires to be with them, He leaves His throne in Heaven and comes to earth to FIND THEM/US in the person of Jesus.
Your love will surely come find us. It is true in my personal story of salvation. I was lost and really broken in my adolescence and early adulthood. I needed someone or something to tell me that I mattered, that I was seen, that I was accepted, that I had value, that I belonged. I had heard versions of the “gospel” my whole life, but none of it sat with me. My logical, scientific, straightforward thinking brain could not comprehend the idea of anything existing beyond this physical world that I could see. Then, in my early 20s, God came after me in a series of relationships and events that I could now never mistake as anything but Him. I certainly was not looking for Him in any way. He saw where I was and came to find me in that exact place.
Your love will surely come find us. This truth has really hit me recently over and over again as I navigate this life on earth in relationship with God, our perfect and loving Father. We go astray, it seems, daily. His love coming to find us, leaving the ninety-nine in the open field to find the one, can definitely be about an initial moment of individual salvation, but our God doesn’t stop there. He comes after us repeatedly and persistently. It happens every time we stray even the least bit from what He intended as good for us and has given to us. He comes to find us every single time we are sitting in even the tiniest bit of darkness. His love continues to fight for us all the time.
Another song that I’ve been listening to on repeat recently is Reckless Love by Cory Asbury. I’d encourage you to listen to this song as well, sit with the lyrics, let the truth of them wash over you. The bridge repeats these lines:
“There’s no shadow You won’t light up, mountain You won’t climb up, coming after me.
There’s no wall You won’t kick down, lie You won’t tear down, coming after me.”
There are no lengths to which God won’t go to find you and speak love over you.
No matter where you are, what your life circumstances look like, no matter how seemingly big or small your sin and darkness, He will come after you - even if you aren’t even looking for Him. You are loved so much that He chases you down in really big ways and in really small, detailed, delicate ways. His love will surely come find you.