Have faith! Don’t look back and don’t give up

Have faith! Don’t look back and don’t give up

The persistent widow

 

Luke 18 1-8: 1, 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?”

 

It is a most desperate place to be in life, when you have nobody to turn to except a judge. I have been there. I am sure you have been there also. You begin to wonder if there is a great plan that some architect put together to ruin you. You wonder if you can trust anyone at all. If you ever find yourself there, it is likely that it is because of one of two reasons. One, you did something that you should not have and you are bearing the consequences. Two, you did nothing and you are simply an innocent victim. Jesus will extend grace and mercy to those of us deserving consequences so long as we repent and turn to him. He will never leave or forsake us as long as we humbly turn to him. However, in this passage he is speaking to those who are innocent victims.

 

The Lord Jesus is assuring us of two things in this passage — if we have faith in him. One, God will hear us when we pray to him. And two, he will bring justice. 

 

When you and I are in a saving relationship with Jesus Christ, we know first, and foremost, that our life is not our own any longer. We know we belong to him. We are born again and are his child. He loves us and cares passionately for us. He wants what is best for us, even if we don’t understand it fully. Know that your prayers are heard. Know that your prayers will be answered. Know that you will not be forgotten. Time will pass. Events will take place, but with faith you and I will “hope in the Lord (and he) will renew (our) strength.” Isaiah 40:31.

 

There is enormous comfort in knowing that the Lord hears us and cares for us. I have never been disappointed or let down. That said, when I look back I can say that the timeline of “justice” was not my timeline. God’s timeline is rarely close to ours and that is a good thing. His is always far superior. He knows what he is doing. In the interim period, he grows us. He molds us. He even tests us. Never does he abandon us.

Are you experiencing desperation like the widow? Turn to the Lord. Have faith! Don’t look back and don’t give up. Expect justice. And whatever you do, do not take matters into your own hands or walk out on the Lord. When your trial, tribulation or difficulty is over, you will see clearly, without all the emotion, that his promise is true.

By Chaplain (Lt. Col.) Scott Koeman

TACOM Chaplain