Song of the day: Myron Butler – Stronger
Luke 18:1 (ESV)
1And he told them a parable to the effect that they ought always to pray and not lose heart. 2He said, “In a certain city there was a judge who neither feared God nor respected man. 3And there was a widow in that city who kept coming to him and saying, ‘Give me justice against my adversary.’ 4For a while he refused, but afterward he said to himself,’Though I neither fear God nor respect man, 5yet because this widow keeps bothering me, I will give her justice, so that she will not beat me down by her continual coming.'” 6And the Lord said, “Hear what the unrighteous judge says. 7Andwill not God give justice to his elect, who cry to him day and night? Will he delay long over them? 8I tell you, he will give justice to them speedily. Nevertheless, when the Son of Man comes, will he find faith on earth?”
As a reformed dude when it comes to my theology, I’ve always pondered this parable. Obviously the parables were shared by Jesus to depict pictures in palatable ways that people can possibly understand profundities of truth. There’s a few thoughts here that I liked that were triggered by the Love Singapore 40 day prayer and fasting guide:
1) This is a “how much more” principled parable: If the disrespectful judge eventually caved in to the widows beckoning and pleadings. How much more will a loving God honour our persistent faith? This is where the parable becomes beautiful for me – that God does see the end from the beginning, and knows what is best in order for me to bring Him most honour. So what may appear as pleading to brick wall from my finite perspective, is him merely holding onto what’s best in it’s best timing for Him.
2) “We don’t have to hemorrhage to be heard in heaven.” We do take God seriously upon His word and hold on. Sometimes waiting is painful, but it’s learning to enjoy the process with God as much as the peak with God. The best part is that we are WITH GOD.
3) Patience breeds stronger faith. Never losing heart despite waiting is like lifting faith weights. The longer you have to wait with God, the stronger your faith should become.
For me this is a parable of the persistent widows lesson is summed up in three statements:
- She knew what JUSTICE was promised
- She held on and wouldn’t let go
- She was given JUSTICE