Right Where You Left It

1/25/2012

 

 

Tell me where you lost the company of Christ, and I will tell you the most likely place to find him. Have you lost Christ in the closet by restraining prayer? Then it is there you must seek and find him. Did you lose Christ by sin? You will find Christ in no other way but by the giving up of the sin, and seeking by the Holy Spirit to mortify the member in which the lust doth dwell. Did you lose Christ by neglecting the Scriptures? You must find Christ in the Scriptures. It is a true proverb, "Look for a thing where you dropped it, it is there." So look for Christ where you lost him, for he has not gone away. – C.H. Spurgeon


Something very strange happens in my house on a regular basis. Well, many strange things happen but here’s one in particular: saying the word “honey” makes things appear! I will be frantically looking for something (a book, car keys, wallet, soda can) and I’ll start to holler out to my wife for help in finding the wayward item. For some reason, all I have to do is start calling out and voila! There it is, right in front of me. “Honey, where’s my—oh, never mind! Thanks!”

“Sure!” she’ll reply.

I don’t know why this works, but it usually does.

We lose many things in the course of our days, months, and years but are not always aware that something is missing. Think about it. Did you used to feel empowered for all kinds of service after a workout in the gym—but you haven’t exercised in six months? Did you used to feel a peace about praying for others in need but lately your prayer life seems focused on your own desires? Did you feel fed by daily Bible reading but haven’t cracked yours open in a week or two?

I know when my car keys are missing because my car doesn’t start. But how do we know that something important is missing in our spiritual lives? It’s difficult because we get used to the “new normal” very easily and become diminished versions of ourselves, like photocopies that get a little less clear each time.

Ask Jesus today what it is that you’ve lost. Call out to Him and maybe you’ll have the same results I do when I’ve lost something.

“Jesus, where’s my heart for the oppressed?! Oh, there it is! Thanks!”

“Master, where’s that forgiveness I used to have? Oh, I see it. Thanks!”

“Lord, where’s my—oh, right where I left it. Thanks!”

“Sure.”


"I sought him, but I found him not." Song of Solomon 3:1

 

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There are 2 comments

Thanks for the comment, Rich! Blessing back atcha, brother!

kent
January 29, 2012 - 19:10

Thanks Kent,
I always enjoy reading these devotionals. You always write about some very unique things related to our Christian walk. Great reminders that challenge and uplift. Blessings.

Rich Bushong
January 26, 2012 - 21:45
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