But as for your donkeys that were lost three days ago, do not worry about them; they have been found. And to whom is all the desire of Israel turned, if not to you and all and all your father’s family?1 Samuel 9:20
God’s response to the cry of men is always a man. This has been a consistent trend from the Old Testament till date. We see that in the case of Moses, the judges (Gideon, Jephtha, Deborah, Samson, etc.) and Saul with the children of Israel. In the above passage, we see that God responded to the cry of His people by raising Saul the Benjamite to provide succor from the plight of their enemies’ oppression. Saul’s journey to the throne was initiated by the search for some missing donkeys.
Sometimes, God deliberately draws our attention to the void in our lives so that in the process of searching and trying to fill the void, we eventually find Him. Many a person’s journey into purpose didn’t look like it at the onset. What is it that you have lost in the past three days, months, years or decades whose search is shifting your attention from God? For Saul, he was preoccupied with the search for his father’s missing donkeys and Heaven intercepted him along the way. What are you preoccupied with at the moment. As far as life is concerned, the search for meaning is endless without Christ at the centre.
As Samuel announced to Saul “ And by the way, your lost donkeys—the ones you’ve been hunting for the last three days—have been found, so don’t worry about them. At this moment, Israel’s future is in your hands”1 Samuel 9:20 MSG.
The same announcement Heaven is making concerning someone who feels he/she has lost everything – job, business, home, marriage, relationship, faith, etc. The Lord is saying, ‘Do not worry, they are found.’ Do not be anxious nor set your heart on them because that case is already settled. If God says they are found, you don’t need to see them to know that He means what He says, only believe. Often times, if God needs to get a man’s attention for a special assignment, He meets his immediate needs to avoid distraction.
In the Words of the Master, “Therefore I say unto you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or what you will drink; or about your body, what you will put on. Is not life more than food and the body more than clothing? Look at the birds of the air, for they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns; yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not of more value than they?” Matthew 6:25-26.
Stay calm and do not worry, Jesus cares.