A few days ago I felt like I received a revelation in my Bible reading.
Would you follow along with me as I unpack my meanderings?
As Jesus walked the countryside teaching people about the Kingdom of God, he often used parables. One day on the way to Jerusalem, he told those gathered around him a story, or parable, about an unjust judge and a persistent widow seeking justice. You may be familiar with this parable. I really like how the text comes to life in this translation of the Bible called, The Voice.
He told them a parable, urging them to keep praying and never grow discouraged. The parable went like this:
Jesus: 2 There was a judge living in a certain city. He showed no respect for God or humanity. 3 In that same city there was a widow. Again and again she kept coming to him seeking justice: “Clear my name from my adversary’s false accusations!” 4 He paid no attention to her request for a while, but then he said to himself, “I don’t care about what God thinks of me, much less what any mere human thinks. 5 But this widow is driving me crazy. She’s never going to quit coming to see me unless I hear her case and provide her legal protection.”
6 Did you catch what this self-assured judge said? 7 If he can be moved to act justly, won’t God bring justice for His chosen people when they cry to Him day and night? Will He be slow to bring them justice? 8 Mark My words: God will intervene fast with vindication. But here’s the question: when the Son of Man comes, will He find anyone who still has faith?
Luke 18:1-8 (The Voice )
As I was reading this today in my Bible, verse 8 stood out to me:
Mark My words: God will intervene fast with vindication.
This is a promise isn’t it?
Did you catch it? Jesus gives a time frame for God’s intervention: God will intervene FAST with vindication.
Just like the widow we need to keep praying….making sure that we don’t let the enemy discourage us. And when we pray, circling the promise that God will intervene fast.
Here’s the stinger with which this parable ends:
But here’s the question: when the Son of Man comes, will He find anyone who still has faith?
It makes me think that there is an element in God’s response which depends on us.
Do we have the faith to believe that he will act quickly to answer our prayer?
You have faith. I have faith.
To what degree are we exercising our faith?
I don’t think God is interested in the size of our faith. Nope. He can develop our faith, grow it, mature it….make it into whatever he desires.
I think what God is looking for is people who are willing to believe.
- People who will trust him no matter what.
- People who don’t easily give up.
- People who expect God to deliver on his promises.
I don’t know your situation. But, I am praying circles around a particular position for which my husband has sent in his resume. I’m not sure if I’m driving God crazy with my prayer. But I am persistent. Are you driving God crazy with your prayer ?
My persistent prayer is filled with faith. There is no doubt in my mind that God can move the hearts of headhunters and decision makers. I trust God to bring about justice and to bring about this new position…and soon.
God is faithful….may he find me faithful.
What’s your situation? Are you persistent in your prayer and expectation?
Will God find you faithful?
Today is Joy Day!
Want joy? The best way I know to get joy is by quieting down for a few moments and reflecting on the gifts/blessings from the past week. There’s something wonderful about looking back and acknowledging the good things God has done and counting just ‘seven’ of them. We’re supposed to give thanks in/for all things. That includes things like my not-so-good week, too.
Will you join me in counting just ‘seven’ from the past week.
Thank you God for…
- the people in my life who stand with me in the “in between.”
- getting to fix breaky and make a lunch for my husband every morning.
- friends who are also praying circles around the “applied for position.”
- how your word comes alive as I read it.
- a cat who wakes me several times during the night. [sigh]
- our lack.
- YOUR faithfulness. And knowing your mercies are new every morning.
Now it’s YOUR turn!!
Join me in counting ‘seven.’
Scroll down to the comment section…Share Your Extraordinary Thoughts….and list your ‘seven.’
I dare you!
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