~ He leaves the 99 ~

Hello again everyone! I pray that you all are doing wonderfully and that you are remaining strong and faithful to the Lord. Once again, I want to apologize for my lack of presence lately on this blog. Unfortunately, some time off was necessary to work on my heart and relationship with the Lord. And today, I believe that He is leading me to share an amazing passage that was divinely revealed to me just the other day. I pray it is a blessing to you as much as it was to me.

So how many of have heard the beautiful worship song “Reckless Love” by Bethel Worship? This song came up on my worship shuffle playlist and I was very attentive to the lyrics when it came on. But something puzzled me. I did not understand on of the lines in the song. I had heard this song many, many times and this is the first time that it was sinking in that I did not fully understand its meaning. I will share those lyrics with you now.

Before I spoke a word, You were singing over me
You have been so, so Good to me
Before I took a breath, You breathed Your life in me
You have been so, so Kind to me

Oh, the overwhelming, never-ending, reckless love of God
Oh, it chases me down, fights ’til I’m found, leaves the ninety-nine
I couldn’t earn it
I don’t deserve it
Still You give yourself away

Oh, the overwhelming, never-ending, reckless love of God

When I was your foe, still Your love fought for me
You have been so, so Good to me

When I felt no worth You paid it all for me
You have been so, so Kind to me

Chorus x2

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
No lie You won’t tear down
Coming after me x4

Oh, the overwhelming, never-ending, reckless love of God
Oh, it chases me down, fights ’til I’m found, leaves the ninety-nine
I couldn’t earn it
I don’t deserve it
Still You give yourself away
Oh, the overwhelming, never-ending, reckless love of God”

You may be thinking, “Okay Chaya, nothing in there sounds even remotely confusing or anything of the sort.” And that was what I thought too when I heard it the first 500 times. But I am going to touch on a specific line in the song and I want you to think about it for a minute. “Oh, it (God’s love) chases me down, fights ’til I’m found, leaves the ninety-nine. I couldn’t earn it. I dont deserve it. Still you give yourself away…” Take a moment and let that statement sink in. Read it again. Listen to the song again and tune in your ears to this verse. Look it over one more time. Alright, now, here is when this post comes around full circle and starts making sense.

How many of you know what the phrase “leaves the ninety-nine” was intended to mean? For some of you, I am sure you knew exactly which verse was being highlighted here, but I sure didn’t. And I was determined to understand why this was put into such a beautiful piece of music. So I started doing some research, and let me tell you, my discovery brought me to tears. I am going to focus on two passages in Scripture that correlate with this phrase “leaving the ninety-nine”.

  • Luke 15:3-7 ~ “Then Jesus told them this parable: ‘Suppose one of you has a hundred sheep and loses one of them. Doesn’t he leave the ninety-nine in the open country and go after the lost sheep until he finds it? And when he finds it, he joyfully puts it on his shoulders and goes home. Then he calls his friends and neighbors together and says, ‘Rejoice with me; I have found my lost sheep.’ I tell you that in the same way there will be more rejoicing in heaven over one sinner who repents than over ninety-nine righteous persons who do not need to repent.”
  • Matthew 18:12-14 ~ “What do you think? If a man owns a hundred sheep, and one of them wanders away, will he not leave the ninety-nine on the hills and go to  look for the one that wandered off? And if he finds it, truly I tell you, he is happier about that one sheep than about the ninety-nine that did not wander off. In the same way your Father in heaven is not willing that any of these little ones should perish.” 

Ah-ha. Now it all makes sense. Am I the only one who got chills and eyes full of tears when reading that? It is so humbling seeing how truly perfect and incredible our God’s love is for us. So, after reading that, I ask that you go ahead and listen to the song one more time. Take a break from this post for a few minutes, I promise it is not going anywhere. It can wait for you. And as you listen, remember these verses above, these beautifully painted pictures from the Lord.

Wow, right? Now that you have heard the song again, I want to leave you all with some words of encouragement. I will be vulnerable with you all for a moment, the reason the content mentioned in today’s blog has literally brought me to tears is because of where my life has been for months, almost an entire year. I wandered. I got lost. Never stopped loving Jesus, but I got sidetracked by things in life and took my focus off of Him. Think about how sheep are and why they can wander. Sheep generally travel in herds, keeping close and moving together. If one of them were to get spooked or distracted, it is very easy for the sheep to wander and become seperate from the group.

Well, that was me. Spooked by tragedy and difficulty. Distracted by the things this world offerred me in my time of need. Instead of running to the Shepherd for protection and guidance, I took my eyes off Him and became lost. And let me tell you something, even through the midst of this painful, difficult season that has been lingering in my life for some time now, God never stopped pursuing me. He never stopped looking for me. “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.” It does not matter how far we have wandered or how long we have been lost, we are still His! When we are running the other way, He is right there behind us, waiting for us to just turn and embrace Him.

Something I love about the verses in Luke and Matthew is that it gives us the imagery of heaven rejoicing about a sinner who repents. Imagine it everyone: you are stuck in this pit of sin and despair and brokeness, knowing that you are in desperate need of Jesus and yet, cannot bring yourself out of it. Then you turn to Christ, the only one who can pull you out of the darkness, who can find you when you are lost, and you repent. He embraces you, and carries you back as the heavens rejoice! “He joyfully puts it on his shoulders and goes home.” I just love that! He knows how tired the sheep was from wandering aimlessly through the dark and how scared he was that he was all alone. And knowing this, he picks up his sheep out of the wilderness, puts him up on his shoulders with joy, and returns home to tell his neighbors and friends.

Jesus wants to do the same for you, brothers ans sisters. There is absolutely nothing special about me or anything that I did to deserve His grace and abundant love. The unconditional and selfless love He has shown me, He will also show you.He sought me, He has not given up on me. He will NOT give up on you. I am sure that many of you have been through this, are going through this, or will go through it at some point in your walk with the Lord. But I just want to encourage you to just turn to Him, no matter where you are, with a spirit of humility and repentness. 2 Peter 3:9 says,”The Lord is not slow in keeping his promises, as some understand slowness. Instead He is patient with you, not wanting anyone to perish, but everyone to come to repentence.” 

Be encouraged! We are loved and cherished by a God who is actively seeking His children, and He does not give up on those who are His. And He deserves our praise, obedience, and committment to Him! What a wonderful God! Thank you all as well for your patience. Like stated in today’s blog, I have been battling through the last year and I did not see it to be my place to blog through that. But here I am, being lead to share this incredible message with you! I am so grateful for all of you who take the time to read these posts, and I look forward to hearing your feedback. This is the start of a renewal in me and this blog, and I pray that He blesses you all in every aspect of your lives. Know that I am praying for anyone this post touches and that you all have an amazing week. God bless!

~Chaya

 

4 thoughts on “~ He leaves the 99 ~

  1. I’m glad you are back, Chaya! I noticed you were silent so I read this post instead of deleting it from my email. Back blogging but most importantly, back in right relationship with your beloved. That is huge! Leaving the 99 is indeed a power-packed statement, considering the wolves that could kill unattended sheep. We desperately need to stay in the herd for our protection, so welcome back, my blogger friend.

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    1. Thank you so much for your comment. I am so very grateful to be back and I praise God for such an amazing community we have here! I appreciate you taking the time to read this blog, and I look forward to seeing what God has in store next for us! I pray you are doing well and have a blessed week! 🙂 Thanks again Kathryne

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  2. Thank you for your message. You have no idea how much it has encouraged me. I am a retired educator and at one point in my life I thought that I was the one He left behind. As you pointed out in your blog, there is nothing like “not giving up”. Again, your message has been a confirmation for what I have known but did not always have the strength to hold on!

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    1. Thank you for commenting. It brings me so much joy to see God working and moving and that you found comfort in this. He is so good! If you ever need anything, feel free to message me any time and I would be happy to pray for you. Stay strong, sister, we serve a mighty God who has already won the war!

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