“Where are you?” my husband asked.
I was 45 minutes away from home and in a part of town I wasn’t familiar with. The accident that had just totaled my car left me unhurt, but shaken. As a result, I couldn’t seem to think of the specifics to answer the question.
“I’ll find you,” my husband said as he pulled my location up on his mobile app.
Days later, those words kept ringing through my head.
God will find you regardless of your poor decisions
The LORD is merciful and gracious,
slow to anger and abounding in steadfast love.
He does not deal with us according to our sins,
nor repay us according to our iniquities.
For as high as the heavens are above the earth,
so great is his steadfast love toward those who fear him;
as far as the east is from the west,
so far does he remove our transgressions from us.
Psalm 103.8, 10-12
God has a deep love for each of us. He knows we are not perfect and even better, He doesn’t expect us to be. Jesus’ sacrificial death on the cross means redemption is available to each of us. We don’t have to earn it, buy it, or pay for it in any way. We need only receive the gift of salvation offers to us.
As we receive this gift and repent of our sins, God remembers those sins no more. He also doesn’t hold them against us. Just as we can forever travel east and never reach the point where west begins, so is the distance between God and our sins.
God will find you when you’ve lost your way
But [Elijah] himself went a day’s journey into the wilderness and came and sat down under a broom tree. And he asked that he might die, saying, “It is enough; now, O LORD, take away my life, for I am no better than my fathers.” … There he came to a cave and lodged in it. And behold, the word of the LORD came to him, and he said to him, “What are you doing here, Elijah?”
1 Kings 19.4, 9
Elijah had a price on his head after he humiliated the reigning king and his wife, Ahab and Jezebel, by proving the god they exalted was, in fact, a false god (1 Kings 18). Though Elijah stood toe to toe against 950 prophets and prevailed, the threat of death was more than he could handle.
Just like Elijah, we can lose our way when circumstances seem overwhelming. Instead of trusting God would again prevail, Elijah tried running away. Though Elijah had lost his way, God had not lost Elijah. In his darkest moment, God cared for Elijah.
God cares for you, too. You may have lost your way, but God has not lost you. He will care for you and love you and guide you back to the place of peace and blessings.
There is no place where God can’t find you
David had an extraordinarily close relationship with God. He is the only person in all of scripture described as “a man after my own heart.” (Acts 13.22) Despite this, David made some sinful choices. Psalms contains many examples of David lamenting and repenting of his sin. Even so, David recognized the truth that he could not hide; there was no place he could go where God was not already.
Where shall I go from your Spirit?
Or where shall I flee from your presence?
If I ascend to heaven, you are there!
If I make my bed in Sheol, you are there!
If I take the wings of the morning
and dwell in the uttermost parts of the sea,
even there your hand shall lead me,
and your right hand shall hold me.
If I say, “Surely the darkness shall cover me,
and the light about me be night,”
even the darkness is not dark to you;
the night is bright as the day,
for darkness is as light with you.
Perhaps it is human nature to think we need to be perfect before we seek God. Or when we have fallen short we can hide from God. Neither is true. God pursues us not because of what we have done or even failed to do, but because He loves us. He loves us so much that He sent His very own Son to pay the price of sin we rightly owed.
The Joy of Being Found
My husband did find me, just as he promised. My car may have been totaled, but the one who loves me found me, made sure I was safe, and took me home.
Is God waiting for you to call to Him? He knows who you are and He already loves you. He is more than willing to come to wherever you are, make you safe in Him, and begin the journey with you toward your eternal home in Him.