Christ said," men ought always to pray and not to faint." And He gave this parable of a certain Judge who did not fear God nor regard man (Luke 18:2). But within this Judge's city there was a widow that had a problem. She went to the Judge and pleaded for help concerning her grievance. It seems she made multiple trips to the unjust Judge for hopes of resolving her issue, but he refused to listen to her. The widows pleading was persistent and unending. She needed help. She needed relief. She needed answers. And the widow was tireless in her pursuit to be heard.
There came a moment of exasperation when the Judge realized he did not want to see this woman before him again. He concluded it would be best to hear her and dispense the needed justice she longed for. In this parable Christ tells us to hear what the unjust Judge said, for in the Judge's conclusion there's a lesson. Not a lesson in the type of Judge not to be, one who is callous and insensitive, but a lesson in how we should approach our relationship with God.
Jesus makes His point: "And shall not God avenge His own elect who cry out day and night to Him, though He bear long with them." There are moments when even the elect of God will question whether He hears their prayers; their cry for help, and understand that they need immediate answers. They make their daily request before the throne of God, pleading for justice, for healing, for deliverance, for restoration, for peace in the midst of their storm. When sleep escapes them and they wake in the middle of the night unable to find rest seeking understanding and comfort.
His elect can rest assured as the people of God, that God hears it all, He bears long with them. He sees their affliction, He hears their cry, He knows their sorrows. He is acquainted with their grief. He is touched with the feeling of their infirmities. His hand is not shortened that it cannot save, neither is His ear to heavy that He cannot hear. Christ assures His elect that God shall avenge them speedily. Did you say speedily?! We might argue with that. We might even think that God doesn't hear, or is very slow to respond. But we would be wrong because the real purpose for this parable is in the question. "Will He find faith on the earth?"
Faith is what the persistent widow had. Through this example of faith Christ is showing us to be persistent in our walk with God. Don't give up. Don't stop believing. Don't stop praying. His eyes are truly over the righteous, and His ears are truly open to their cry. God is there! What we might think is a delay is not so with God. Time with God is not the same as with us. God is always on time! Christ encourages us that we are to always pray and not to faint. The widow didn't lose heart, nor become weary. She kept going to the unjust Judge seeking justice. We are to keep going to God for every need and every problem. It is up to us to trust and obey God, and keep coming back to the throne of grace, asking, seeking and knocking.
God is saying stay with Me, when you're full and have plenty. Stay with Me, when every thing is going well in your life. Stay with Me, when your health is at its best. Stay with me when you're pockets are full. Stay with Me, when you're all smiles. But He's also saying, stay with Me, when your lean and hungry. Stay with Me, when your enemies surround you. Stay with Me, when your health is failing and your body is riddled with pain. Stay with Me, when your friends have left you. Stay with when the wicked walk on every side and the vilest of men are exalted. Stay with Me, when your lonely and afraid, and the very thought of getting out of bed each day presents a near impossible struggle. He's saying stay with Me, just for one more day, one more hour, one more moment. He's saying stay, because if you stay and fear not, you'll see the glory of God!
May the grace of Christ be with You!
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