Scripture: And they will call them, “The holy people, The redeemed of the Lord”; And you will be called, “Sought out, a city not forsaken.” (Isaiah 62:12)
Devotional: The surpassing grace of God is seen very clearly in that we were not only sought, but also sought out. Men seek for a thing that is lost upon the floor of the house, but in such a case there is only seeking, not seeking out. The loss is more perplexing and the search more persevering when a thing is sought out.
Glory be to unconquerable grace, we were sought out! No gloom could hide us, no filthiness could conceal us; we were found and brought home. Glory be to infinite love, God the Holy Spirit restored us!
The lives of some of God’s people, if they could be written, would fill us with holy astonishment. Strange and marvelous are the ways that God used in their case to find His own. Blessed be His name, He never relinquishes the search until the chosen are sought out effectually.
They are not a people sought today and cast away tomorrow. Almightiness and wisdom combined will make no failures; they shall be called “Sought out”! That any should be sought out is matchless grace, but that we should be sought out is grace beyond degree! We can find no reason for it but God’s own sovereign love and can only lift up our heart in and praise the Lord that this night we wear the name of “Sought out.” (Charles H. Spurgeon, Strengthen My Spirit)
Prayer: Heavenly Father we are eternally grateful that you loved us enough to send your only begotten son to pay the ransom for our sin. While we were yet lost and dying, blinded by our own sin we were “sought out” by you. You sought us and brought us back into the safety of your love. You cleansed us from our sin that we might be called your children. You did not forsake us and you have promised to never leave us. May our heart’s desire become one with your desire for our lives. Father, lead us in paths of righteousness for your name’s sake. All praise be to the name of Jesus Christ our Lord, always. Amen.