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|Have you ever been lost?
I don’t mean missing a turn and pulling into some kind of business to get directions. I mean lost and alone. Do you remember that moment? Maybe you were like me, I didn’t know I was lost until when I was or should have been where I was going.
I have been a hunter and fisherman, walked in and out to that one spot, you know like “floozy creek” or the “lunker hole.” I knew to look for the sun, an outstanding landmark, moss on a tree etc.
I was in my late 20’s maybe 30 years old in the wooded hill of S.E. Oklahoma walking into a thicket I just knew would yield a monster whitetail. I crossed the creek and the pasture to the fence row and crossed into the “thicket.” Others that had hunted in there said there was a meadow on a little rise with a view of almost three sides of the thicket, crossing a fence making my way through the oaks, hickories, spiney bois d'arcs and the vines. Sure enough making my way up a little incline with a briar clinging to my pant leg was a clearing smaller than I had visualized but on the high side a great angle for a shot from left to right.
The sun moved from midday to late afternoon. On my left the creek I crossed should be less than a half of a mile thirty degrees to my left. Didn’t see a thing but I might see something on the way back to the road.
Less briars going back this way and got to the fence quickly, crossing the fence I looked at the shadows the sun should be on my left. So turning a little to my right and started pushing my way through thick brush again I should come out at that creek. Then I came to a fence! There shouldn’t be any other fence. There is still sun but everything is in the shadows now, so follow the fence I should come back to the pasture.
In just a few minutes along the fence and my heart came up in my throat! This is where I had just crossed the fence.
In my mind, I am saying; I know where I am, I can’t be lost.
But, but I don’t know where I’m going!
If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us.— 1 John 1:8Devotion:
We are justified by knowing Christ—knowing Him who is the Son of God, the Savior of men; knowing Him who took our sins upon Himself and died in our place. It is through knowledge and trust in Christ, our Savior that we are justified. Christ shows us in the parable of the Prodigal Son that very frequently the respectable and the religious are often the farthest from the kingdom of God.
How true that is. Have you ever been lost? If not, you are not saved.
For 24 years I lived without the slightest shadow ever crossing my mind that I was separated from God and on my way to perdition. Not until I came to that realization did the door of God’s mercy open to me.
D. James Kennedy Ministries, Copyright ©2016 All Rights Reserved.
This devotion brought back all of that emotion of that day way back in the 1970’s, and how physically being “lost” fits the spiritual lostness of life.
Yours in Faith,