Things that are lost become found.
It’s a moving moment, Joseph with his ill father.
11 And Israel said to Joseph, “I never expected to see your face; and behold, God has let me see your offspring also.”Genesis 48:11, ESV
In Luke, Jesus tells several stories highlighting scenarios of lost being found. The sheep being carried on the shoulders of a man; the woman who searches until a lost coin is found; and the unforgettable story of the prodigal son. Great images of being known and held, a treasure, celebrated.
But what about when all seems lost?
In arrogance the wicked hotly pursue the poor;Psalm 10:2-4, ESV
let them be caught in the schemes that they have devised.
3 For the wicked boasts of the desires of his soul,
and the one greedy for gain curses and renounces the Lord.
4 In the pride of his face the wicked does not seek him;
all his thoughts are, “There is no God.”
The wicked who prospers, lies, sins–who murders, seizes, and ambushes.
Hope is not lost.
Arise, O Lord; O God, lift up your hand;
forget not the afflicted.
13 Why does the wicked renounce God
and say in his heart, “You will not call to account”?
14 But you do see, for you note mischief and vexation,
that you may take it into your hands;
to you the helpless commits himself;
you have been the helper of the fatherless.
15 Break the arm of the wicked and evildoer;
call his wickedness to account till you find none.
16 The Lord is king forever and ever;Psalm 10:12-18, ESV
the nations perish from his land.
17 O Lord, you hear the desire of the afflicted;
you will strengthen their heart; you will incline your ear
18 to do justice to the fatherless and the oppressed,
so that man who is of the earth may strike terror no more.
Lord, you make me resilient. I trust in you.