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I will seek that which was lost.

“For thus saith the Lord GOD;
Be­hold, I, even I, will both search my sheep,
and seek them out. As a shepherd seeketh out his flock
in the day that he is among his sheep that are scattered;
so will I seek out my sheep,
and will deliver them out of all places
where they have been scattered in the cloudy and dark day.
I will seek that which was lost.”

Ezekiel 34:11—12, 16a

 

 

    Lambs are wont to lag behind, prone to wander, and apt to grow weary, but from all the danger of these infirmities the Shepherd pro­tects them with His arm of power. He finds new-born souls, like young lambs, ready to perish—He nour­ishes them till life becomes vigorous; He finds weak minds ready to faint and die—He consoles them and re­news their strength. All the little

ones He gathers, for it is not the will of our heavenly Father that one of them should perish. What a quick eye He must have to see them all! What a tender heart to care for them all! What a far-reaching and potent arm, to gather them all! In His life­time on earth He was a great gath­erer of the weaker sort, and now that He dwells in heaven, His loving heart yearns towards the meek and contrite, the timid and feeble, the fearful and fainting here below. How gently did He gather me to Himself to His truth, to His blood, to His love, to His church! With what effectual grace did He compel me to Himself.  Since my first conversion, how frequently has He restored me from my wanderings, and once again folded me within the circle of His everlasting arm! The best of all is, that He does it all Himself per­sonally, not delegating the task of love, but condescending Himself to rescue and preserve His most un­worthy servant.

 

Charles Spurgeon


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