The film Amazing Grace was set in the late 1700s. It tells the story of William Wilberforce, a politician who was driven by his faith in Christ to commit his money and energy to abolishing the slave trade in England. In one scene, Wilberforce’s butler finds him praying. The butler asks, “You found God, Sir?” Wilberforce responds, “I think He found me.”
The Bible pictures humanity as wayward and wandering sheep. It says, “We all, like sheep, have gone astray, each of us has turned to our own way; and the Lord has laid on him the iniquity of us all” (Isaiah 53:6). In fact, this wayward condition is so deeply rooted in us that the apostle Paul said: “There is none righteous, not even one; there is no one who understands; there is no one who seeks God. All have turned away” (Romans 3:10-12). That is why Jesus came. We would never seek Him, so He came seeking us. Jesus declared His mission with the words, “For the Son of Man came to seek and to save the lost” (Luke 19:10).
Wilberforce was exactly right. Jesus came to find us, for we could never have found Him if left to ourselves. It is a clear expression of the Creator’s love for His lost creation that He pursues us and desires to make us His own. – Bill Crowder
Amazing grace – how sweet the sound –
That saved a wretch like me!
I once was lost but now am found,
Was blind, but now I see. – John Newton
Once lost, now found. Eternally thankful!
- July 31, Vol. 23, Our Daily Bread