11-20-2021 Daily Devotional
The Upper Room devotional reflection for Saturday, November 20, 2021 comes to us from Travis Teague of North Carolina
8 “Or suppose a woman has ten silver coins and loses one. Doesn’t she light a lamp, sweep the house and search carefully until she finds it? 9 And when she finds it, she calls her friends and neighbors together and says, ‘Rejoice with me; I have found my lost coin.’ 10 In the same way, I tell you, there is rejoicing in the presence of the angels of God over one sinner who repents.” Luke 15:8-10 NIV
“Waiting for God”
Recently, my wife and I pulled into a restaurant parking lot and noticed that a vehicle backing out had something on the rear bumper. As we got closer, I could see it was a wallet. I jumped out, grabbed the wallet, and went to the driver’s door. The driver had a surprised look on her face, not quite sure what I was doing. But as soon as I held the wallet up, her eyes brightened with relief and thankfulness.
Today’s scripture story shows how Jesus used our feeling of urgency when we’ve lost something to illustrate a point about salvation. Jesus, the Good Shepherd, searches intently for us; but sometimes I wonder how hard we search for Jesus. Do we have that sense of urgency when it comes to following him and sharing the good news? Sometimes we may find that we’ve left Jesus on the rear bumper of our lives. We focus too much on our wants and needs and distance ourselves from Jesus – not realizing we’ve left our most valuable possession behind. We can always ask God to rekindle our urgency to seek and to share the love of Jesus. No matter how far we may have traveled, God is always there, ready to forgive and welcome us back.
Prayer Focus: For Opportunities to share my faith.
Thought for the Day:Today I will search for Jesus as urgently as he seeks me.
I know that I often get busy “doing” and “planning”. And I forget to focus on God through Christ, and on sharing that gift of love with others. I can share that holy gift both through witnessing with words and through serving in ways that show what God has done for me and others. The rest of the good news is that now matter how often we forget this focus, God is always present to welcome us back into God’s loving embrace.
Prayer: Dear God, forgive us when we forget to prioritize our faith, and help us to pursue your wisdom as we journey day by day. Amen. –Travis Teague