Lots of people have a bad day but ever so often we have a wonderful day. Yesterday was one of those special days for me. Our Sunday School class went quite well (except for not having enough time – we never do). Then the Message was good as well. Lunch included my oldest son and his family which we always enjoy. Then my favorite football team won its second game. The highlight came when I was able to reconnect with on of my ‘preacher boys’ that I had lost track of several years ago. His name is Adam and he is Jewish. I was privileged to be present when he surrendered to the Lord Jesus as his Messiah. Later, he answered the call to preach and then went on to get his schooling.
I was able to attend his graduation when he got his bachelors degree. He then attended a special school to work with Jews and then after finishing that school, he went on to Southern Seminary. While he was at seminary is when I lost contact with him. I tried to reconnect many times but was never able to do so. Yesterday that connection was made and it was as though no time had passed, though it had been about 20 years. We talked for over an hour and shared some of the events of that time. He has remained solid in his commitment to the Lord, even though he has had some rough times. He has seen his mother, his dad, his brother, his sister and his 13 year old adopted daughter all come to the Lord. His dad was an orthodox Jew and that took some work for him to come to know his Messiah.
I share this with you as a point of personal Joy. Today I am ridding on cloud nine. It fills a hollow spot that was left when I lost contact. That spot was filled when we were able to reconnect and restore our fellowship. There is a passage of Scripture in Luke15:8-10 Either what woman having ten pieces of silver, if she lose one piece, doth not light a candle, and sweep the house, and seek diligently till she find it? And when she hath found it, she calleth her friends and her neighbours together, saying, Rejoice with me; for I have found the piece which I had lost. Likewise, I say unto you, there is joy in the presence of the angels of God over one sinner that repenteth. This story of similar context points out that there is joy in the presence of the angles of God over the restored relationship. Notice that it does not say that the angles are the ones who are doing the rejoicing, but that there is joy in their presence. I take that to mean that the one doing the rejoicing is God, Himself who is rejoicing in their presence. If that is true then God has joy and it is produced by even one who will turn back to Him, repenting of their sin.
God knew us from before He laid the foundation of the world (Creation). We were brought into this world under the curse of sin and alienated from God. God rejoices when one turns his back on sin and comes back to Him. At that point God secures him by sealing him with the Holy Spirit. Sometimes he gets entangled with the world and looses his way ahead. If he will listen to the Holy Spirit, He will guide him back to the Lord and that joy will once again be restored.