I know that we have been going through a lot in 2020, but I just want to encourage you to persevere through it all. Change is coming. This too shall pass because only the Word of God stands forever.
Today, however, I want us to look at the parable of the unjust judge in Luke 18. You know the story about the woman who kept going back to the judge and asking for justice. Finally, the judge gave in because she wore him down. When Jesus finished telling the story, in Luke 18:6-8 He said to His disciples, “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.”
Jesus was making a contrast between God and the unjust judge. He was saying, “Your Father is nothing like that judge.” That is obvious because God is cerrtainly just. He is not unjust (I John 1:9), and He is not trying to withhold anything good from us (Psalm 84:11). Therefore, I don’t think this parable was about praying about the same thing over and over again. Notice that even in Luke 18:1 we read, “Jesus told his disciples a parable to show them that they should always pray and not give up.” He explains why He is sharing the parable. He wanted to encourage them to 1) be in constant communication with Almighty God (I Thessalonians 5:17), and 2) be persistent.
Given the above, I would like to submit to you that the judge in the parable represents the world system that attempts to keep you from fulfilling God’s plan or realizing your goals and dreams in life. On your journey, you will face obstacles and people who will tell you, “NO!” But you must be persistent and refuse to take no for an answer. Thus, this is what we can learn from the widow in the parable:
- We must have a consistent prayer life. We must be committed to having a consistently scheduled quiet time with God every day. The widow was there before the judge every day. This is not saying to pray the same prayer every day, but get in God’ s presence daily and seek guidance and direction.
- We must be persistent. If we want to see our goals and dreams realized we must be persistent in faith and action. Faith without works is dead (James 2:26). At the end of the parable, Jesus said in Luke 18:8, “when the Son of Man comes, will he find faith on the earth?” Make up in your mind that you will have faith like a “pit bull” and refuse to give up in spite of overwhelming odds that you may be facing!
- We must be bold. The widow came before the judge each day with boldness and fervor. He said in verse 5 that he feared that she would eventually come and attack him! Apparently, she came with a boldness that intimidated him. Proverbs 28:1 says, “The righteous are as bold as a lion,” and we, too, have to pursue our dreams with passion and boldness.
Saints, God wants you to thank and praise Him once you have asked Him for what you want in prayer. There is no reason to keep asking if you have prayed according to His will because you will know that your petition is granted (I John 5:14-15). Therefore, continue to get in God’s presence on a daily basis. As stated in Galatians 6:9, refuse to get weary in the pursuit of your God-given goals and dreams. Be Tenacious and bold as you step out in faith to do what God has called you to do!
How do you keep your faith up when you are going through hard times? Please leave a comment below.
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