November 5 - Luke 15:8-10

Tuesday, November 5, 2013

Luke 15:8-10 – The Lost Coin

In this story, we read of a woman who lost one of ten silver coins. She does everything to find it and when she does, she tells everyone and rejoices with them.

This is not a story of a pitiful woman who only has a little bit of money, it is more a story of a woman who has saved these coins, maybe for some special occasion. Whatever it was, the coin was important to her. The loss of the coin is a real loss for her.

The story describes God who loves his children. In the story of the lost sheep, God took pity on the poor thing and did everything to retrieve it so that it wouldn't harm itself any further or be alone. In this story, we see yet another side of God’s compassion. We, like the coin is to the woman, are precious to God. There is a part each sinner has to play in God’s plans. If one person is lost, that person’s place in the entirety of God’s plan is empty. There is a hole.

Blaise Pascal said that “there is a God shaped vacuum in the heart of every man which cannot be filled by any created thing, but only by God …”

This story tells us that there is a place in God’s plan that only we can fill. We are precious and important to him.

Oh, how the angels rejoice when that empty place is filled with the repentant sinner.