Luke 18:1-8 NKJV
1Then He spoke a parable to them, that men always ought to pray and not lose heart, saying: 2″There was in a certain city a judge who did not fear God nor regard man. 3Now there was a widow in that city: and she came to him, saying, “Get justice for me from my adversary.”4 And he would not for a while; but afterward he said within himself, “Though I do not fear God nor regard man, 5 yet because this widow troubles me I will avenge her, lest by her continual coming she weary me.”
6Then the Lord said, “Hear what the unjust judge said.7And shall God not avenge his own elect who cry out day and night to Him, though He bears long with them? 8 I tell you that He will avenge them speedily. Nevertheless, when the Son of Man comes, will He really find faith on the earth?”
We all have things we are praying about. Sometimes it can feel like God is not hearing us. Discouragement can cloud our minds so that we can not see the light of Christ’s love shining through. All seems dark, cold, and lonely. We wonder if justice will be served and why it is delayed. As human beings our thoughts and emotions can begin to crash over us like tidal waves that wash our faith away reminiscent of the house built on sand and not the rock (Matthew 7:24-27). This parable demonstrates a persistent faith; faith that is not washed away by what seems like an unnecessary delay in justice. We have to first clear our mind from these emotional, reasoning driven thoughts (sand) to truth (rock). God is good (Psalm 103:8-13). He hears us when we pray (1 John 5:15). He gives us good gifts because He is a good father (Matthew 7:11) He will avenge us (Romans 12:19). His ways are higher than ours so only He has true understanding of justice (Isaiah 55:8-9). He will bring it to pass. Meditating on these truths brings hope that anchors our soul (Hebrews 6:19) Don’t give up, don’t lose heart, God hears you and longs to move on your behalf. Keep on asking, keep on knocking, keep on trusting and don’t lose heart.
In His service,