This week, Jesus' parable of the lost sheep will help us believe that God sees us even when we feel unseen.
Luke 15:1–7; Isaiah 53:6; Psalm 139:1–8
If you could get lost anywhere in the world, where would you want it to be?
Talk about a time when you actually did get lost!
What are some ways a person could be spiritually “lost”?
What are some reasons why a follower of Jesus might wander away from God?
What does the parable of the lost sheep tell us about what God is like?
What's one way you relate to the lost sheep in Jesus’ story?
Close your eyes. Now listen to the following words. Jesus notices you. How did that make you feel?
[Read Psalm 139:1–18 below.] Talk about a time when you really needed to hear these words.
O LORD, you have examined my heart
and know everything about me.
You know when I sit down or stand up.
You know my thoughts even when I’m far away.
You see me when I travel
and when I rest at home.
You know everything I do.
You know what I am going to say
even before I say it, LORD.
You go before me and follow me.
You place your hand of blessing on my head.
Such knowledge is too wonderful for me,
too great for me to understand!
I can never escape from your Spirit!
I can never get away from your presence!
If I go up to heaven, you are there;
if I go down to the grave, you are there.
If I ride the wings of the morning,
if I dwell by the farthest oceans,
even there your hand will guide me,
and your strength will support me.
I could ask the darkness to hide me
and the light around me to become night—
but even in darkness I cannot hide from you.
To you the night shines as bright as day.
Darkness and light are the same to you.
You made all the delicate, inner parts of my body
and knit me together in my mother’s womb.
Thank you for making me so wonderfully complex!
Your workmanship is marvelous—how well I know it.
You watched me as I was being formed in utter seclusion,
as I was woven together in the dark of the womb.
You saw me before I was born.
Every day of my life was recorded in your book.
Every moment was laid out
before a single day had passed.
How precious are your thoughts about me, O God.
They cannot be numbered!
I can’t even count them;
they outnumber the grains of sand!
And when I wake up,
you are still with me!
What’s one thing you can do right now to keep you from wandering away from God?
What do you think your next step could be on your journey toward Jesus?