December 12, 2014
Then Jesus told his disciples a parable to show them that they should always pray and not give up. He said: “In a certain town there was a judge who neither feared God nor cared what people thought. And there was a widow in that town who kept coming to him with the plea, ‘Grant me justice against my adversary.’
“For some time he refused. But finally he said to himself, ‘Even though I don’t fear God or care what people think, yet because this widow keeps bothering me, I will see that she gets justice, so that she won’t eventually come and attack me!’”
And the Lord said, “Listen to what the unjust judge says. And will not God bring about justice for his chosen ones, who cry out to him day and night? Will he keep putting them off? I tell you, he will see that they get justice, and quickly. However, when the Son of Man comes, will he find faith on the earth?”
Not only is Jesus looking for faith, he’s telling us ahead of time what it looks like. In short, faith looks like always praying and never giving up.
This widow goes before the judge day after day after day. Her request never changes. It feels like a complete waste of time after a while; like there’s no point. Jesus says, just when you are sure it’s an impossible situation, stay with it. When it’s been two thousand years since he ascended to heaven, be like the widow.
Why? Because while we may be like the widow, Jesus is nothing like the unjust judge. In fact, Jesus is saying he is just the opposite. God is nothing like the unjust judge. God is like a loving Father who delights to respond to the cries of his children.
The sign of trust is perseverance, never giving up. Praying always and never giving up. Crying out for justice in this broken world. Pleading for the judge to come and make all things new. That’s our calling in the meantime. It’s a holy occupation.
COME HOLY SPIRIT!
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