Luke 15 - The Parable of the Lost Coin
8 “Or what woman, having ten silver coins, if she loses one coin, does not light a lamp, sweep the house, and search carefully until she finds it? 9 And when she has found it, she calls her friends and neighbors together, saying, ‘Rejoice with me, for I have found the piece which I lost!’ 10 Likewise, I say to you, there is joy in the presence of the angels of God over one sinner who repents.”
This is a continuation of the idea Jesus was trying to convey in the parable of the lost sheep. As I re-read over this section, I think I really get the point.
Our God is happy when someone turns away from destruction!
He is joyful and all those in His presence are joyful. This should be our joy, as well - when a sinner repents or when a lost person is saved. God loves people and He wants us to live the way He designed. He wants us to have fellowship with Him - He wants us to be fully restored in every way. This is His joy - just like someone who has spent hours and hours trying to find something valuable and then - aha! - there it is! I found it!
I once read a post by someone who said, "Does God want anything?" I don't remember who the person was, but they went on to say that the fact that God is sovereign precludes Him from wanting - He gets what He wants, period. He never wrings His hands or has to work to make something happen - He just wills it and it comes to pass. I think this story depicts a kind of longing and searching that doesn't fit in with that understanding of the omnipotence and sovereignty of God. Jesus did choose the image of a woman looking and looking. Christ chose that image for some reason.