We are a faithless generation. When we want something, we want it now.
I was listening to a man of God the other day and he said something which made me laugh but it’s the truest. He said some people pray to God like, “God, I want patience and I want it now”.
We want everything so quick that when it doesn’t happen within out timing, we begin to loose hope or worse, question the existence of God.
That was not the case of the Persistence Widow in Luke 18:1-8 (Please refer to the Bible if you are not familiar with the story).
She never gave up; always going to the judge. She tormented him with pleads and gave him no rest. In her world, she would not take ‘no’ for an answer. Day and night, she visited the judge hoping and praying it would be the day he would say yes. I believe one thing that makes this woman’s story unique is each day before she made her way to the judge, she saw it as her “Day of Answered Prayer” and that kept her going.
Now, the Bible describes the judge as “unjust”, meaning he judged wrongly. When someone is unjust, they bend the truth and go against it at the detriment of the innocent. The truth is a lie to them and the lie is truth to them.
So, this widow had next-to-nothing chance of winning her case. Even though all odds were against her, she still kept going. In versus 4 & 5 her “Day of Answered Prayer” came. The “unjust” judge said,
“….. Though I do not fear God nor regard man, yet because this widow troubles me I will avenge her, lest by her continual coming she weary me”
The only reason the judge avenged this widow was by her continual coming. He became fed up and for the first time (possibly), he served justice.
If an “unjust” judge could serve justice, how much more a Just God?
Your Father, the King of Kings is JUST.
In 2 Thessalonians 1:6 it says,
“…..It is a righteous thing with God to repay with tribulations those who trouble you….”
Romans 3:26 describes God as just and the justifier of the one who has faith in Jesus. Have you continually presented your requests to God? Then why are you giving up?
Luke 18:7&8 says,
“And shall not God avenge His own elect who cry out day and night to Him, though He bears long with them? I tell you that, He will avenge them speedily”.
God loves you dearly and does not rejoice in your pain. It breaks His heart to see you cry. I tell you today that He is wiping your tears, you may not see it but He really is. As long as your heart and motives are pure, continue been persistence like the widow.
It hurts but keep praying, it’s painful but keep the faith, it’s draining but don’t stop. Imagine your “Day of Answered Prayer” and let that keep you in the race.
Our Father is a JUST God. We must not think otherwise of Him.
1 Peter 5:10
“But may the God of all grace, who called us to His eternal glory by Christ Jesus, after you have suffered a while, perfect, establish, strengthen and settle you.”
I’m praying for you.