Skip to main content

Blessed Persistence

Persistence is what this widow encapsulated within her. Through her persistence blessings flowed. Not only did a judge choose not to continue to ignore her pleas for justice, but her faith grew and gave others a window to see what happens when we decide to trust our God. 

"He then told them a parable on the need for them to pray always and not become discouraged: "There was a judge in a certain town who didn't fear God or respect man. And a widow in that town kept coming to him, saying, 'Give me justice against my adversary.' "For a while he was unwilling, but later he said to himself, 'Even though I don't fear God or respect man, yet because this widow keeps pestering me, I will give her justice, so she doesn't wear me out by her persistent coming.'" Then the Lord said, "Listen to what the unjust judge says. Will not God grant justice to His elect who cry to Him day and night? Will He delay to help them? I tell you that He will swiftly grant them justice. Nevertheless, when the Son of Man comes, will He find that faith on earth?" Luke 18:1-8

No one knows why this widow was going before the judge. It doesn't give us that information in scripture, but what we do get to understand is that this was a widow. One that was hopeless. Not that she didn't hold hope near her heart, but that she was looked upon as hopeless. Her words didn't matter. She was made to feel that her voice meant nothing and had no determination for any matter. I think just in that we can relate. I know I can. 

Ever feel defeated and hopeless? Feeling as if you have tried everything and are ready to give up? Satan would want nothing more than to see God's people give up. You know what it takes for Satan to succeed? For good men to do nothing. That's right. When we stand in fear and say nothing when we could say something we are giving Satan the room he needs to spin his web. This widow knew that her persistence would turn to a blessing. Not in the fact that it was her that would bring the blessing, but in the fact that she was praying! Through her prayers she became encouraged. 

So often we think all we must do is pray and wait. If that is what the Lord is calling us to do, then that's what we do, but too often He is calling us to action. We pray and ask God to move on our behalf. We pray and leave no detail void. We share every aspect with our Lord. Oh, the raindrops my friend Bobbie has felt upon her heart. Trials don't always end with prayer. It is through prayer that we are capable of living through our trials with grace and mercy, strength and wisdom, love and compassion. Sometimes we feel hopeless. We have tried everything and feel as though there's nothing else left for us to do. God says, NO! Don't give up, my friend. God is near. He is moving and He needs you to trust Him as never before. It is in these moments of hopelessness that God shows Himself mighty. He moves in our heart and counts each step, guiding us forward, to live out His will. 

Our actions end up being meaningless unless our steps are prayed over and guided by our Savior. When we obey Him something happens. We listen and wait. There in the moment we least expect there is God with an open door and He is there guiding His children through the hardest moments in our life. 

You know, we become so discouraged when things seemingly aren't going our way. We want things to happen right now in our time, but we forget that all good things come to those who wait. We courageously pray and pray and pray until we hear from God. He hears our every prayer. Nothing goes unnoticed by Him. He sees beyond our vision and knows exactly what needs to happen next. It's when we step ahead of Him that we tend to make a mess of things. Been there and done that. How about you? 

"The Lord values those who fear Him, those who put their hope in His faithful love."
Psalm 147:11

"The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge; fools despise wisdom and discipline." 
Proverbs 1:7

"Don't worry about anything, but in everything, through prayer and petition with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses every thought, will guard your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus."
Philippians 4:6-7

This is what we do as brothers and sisters in Christ. We put action behind our prayers. We stand with one another and give room for the Holy Spirit to speak, for our hearts to hear Him and then we move. We obey His call and in standing together we create a beautiful bouquet of belief that joins heart to heart as God leads. We take hold of the hand next to us and we pray for God to move. To stir the hearts of those who don't believe. We ask God to do the impossible. To move in ways that will make the world stand up and take notice. Knowing that this would be impossible for people, but through praying hearts there is nothing impossible for we know God is listening and He is all about action and truth and justice! 

"Who can bring an accusation against God's elect? God is the One who justifies."
Romans 8:33

"Dear friends, don't let this one thing escape you: With the Lord one day is alike a thousand years, and a thousand years like one day. The Lord does not delay His promise, as some understand delay, but is patient with you, not wanting any to perish but all to come to repentance."
2 Peter 3:8-9

God views time differently than we do. We want justice here and now. We want to see things go our way and have things happen in our desired time. But God's desire is bigger than ours. Our wishes are not always His and what should be most important to us is His will above all else. What I'm learning is that He is patient with me. There is more than 'me' in the picture and through even a smallest faith He can move in ways I've never imagined, touching hearts and the souls of man. I have to believe in Him and in His way. Without Him I have nothing. Without Him there is no hope. So, I pray His Word. I search Him and when I do I find Him. 

This widow was searching. She knew her God would move on her behalf. She wasn't giving up. She knew that God could change the mind and heart of this judge. Even if this judge failed to see that it was God moving she knew without a doubt. 

Can you imagine the fear this woman held as she went before the judge over and over again? Maybe she wasn't like me. Maybe she was fearless knowing that God was on her side and justice would prevail. Yes, this is the woman I want to live as. Fearless! 

Yes, I can imagine this widow going before the judge and being turned down once again. But the amazing part is she didn't give up. She was courageous and made the choice to stand firm in the God she believed in. Once again we see her godly character give us a glimpse of just how we continue to fight the good fight and allow God's light to shine. 

Friends, don't grow weary in your belief. Allow room for your faith to unlimited! Trust your God. Pray and seek Him for everything. There is nothing too small to bring to God. He cares for His children. This brings me to the very last sentence in this parable: "Nevertheless, when the Son of Man comes, will He find that faith on earth?" Luke 18:8 Friends, it is our time to show the world what belief can do. God knows our name. He knows the need. We pray, bringing everything to Him, trusting Him to move on our behalf. With our trust, we listen and must be willing to move, placing action behind our prayer. Sometimes God calls us to be still and others He calls us to action. He's listening. The question is: Are we? 

"Therefore we do not give up. Even though our outer person is being destroyed, our inner person is being renewed day by day. For our momentary light affliction is producing for us an absolutely incomparable eternal weight of glory. So we do not focus on what is seen, but on what is unseen. For what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal." 
2 Corinthians 4:16-18

Comments

Popular posts from this blog

The One True Love of Alice-Ann by Eva Marie Everson

Oh, just where do I begin? This is the stuff in which great novels are made. I made my way through this richly beautiful novel turning page after page with such deep emotion and thought. I couldn't turn the pages quick enough, but I didn't want it to end to soon. It's one of those novels you could continue reading as long as there were pages. No page just made of fluff, words with no meaning on the page. Every single line in this novel created a story that will last in my heart forever. 
Ms. Everson, I am so happy stories of the war were shared with you. Oh, to have your Sunday school teacher share with you, "You can't choose who you fall in love with, but you can choose who you marry", is a blessing that has now enchanted your readers. What a story you have weaved together. History penned with such depth, detail, and a story that captures the heart. 
This lovely story begins in 1941. The war has started. Picture a family gathered around the Zenith to hear t…

The" I Am" Makes Us Think About What "i am"

In Genesis 1:26-27 it shares something valuable to each of us about who we are in God. We are created in His image. What I love about this verse below is that is says, "make man in OUR image". What's OUR? The trinity, God, the Holy Spirit, and Christ Jesus. Ponder that. I mean really go deep. We are make in THEIR image. 
"Then God said, "Let US make man in OUR image, according to OUR likeness; let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, over the birds of the air, and over the cattle, over all the earth and over every creeping thing that creeps on the earth. So God created man in His own image; in the image of God He created him, male and female He created them."
We are His workmanship. He knew us before we were ever born. He weaved us together within the womb, but even before then He planned our life perfectly for us. That's so much to ponder isn't it? 
"For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared…

The Glassblower by Petra Durst-Benning

I came across this selection on Amazon. I had seen so many reviews that it intrigued me. I had never read anything from this German author. The cover caught my attention as did the description of this novel. 
It's a part of a trilogy. I am getting ready to open up book 2, The American Lady. I cannot wait to begin. I tell you this book marveled me. I wasn't quite sure what to expect. What a journey into another time and place. 
We travel to Germany where this novel is set. The year is 1890 and we find ourselves in Lauscha, Germany. The author did a fantastic job at the perfect description of not only the area, but circumstance, and heart of the characters. Her writing style flows so easily that the pages almost turn themselves. 
The characters are easy to love. Three sisters who are now wondering, after their father had passed from this earth,  how they will now provide for themselves. It isn't going to be easy, but these sisters show us how to prevail over challenges that…

Unexpected Blessings

The last words my dad spoke to me from his hospital bed were, "Rob, take care of your mom." Those are words I have never forgotten. I have not only honored them for my dad, but for my mom. I too am commanded by my Father to honor my mother and father.
"Honor your father and mother so that you may have a long life in the land that the Lord your God is giving you." Exodus 20:12
My mom gave her life in caring for me. On my first birthday, my very first Christmas, was spent in the ICU as I was very sick with pneumonia. A little later I would burn myself with spilled coffee. A few years later I would tumble down many stairs and once again spent time in the hospital. 
I remember all the times I was sick and could feel my mom's hand brush against my forehead as she checked for fever. All the times she must have stayed up all night as I was sick. 
When I was little she would pour me a bowl of Raisin Bran. I loved it. Only I didn't like the raisins. She would take t…

Of Stillness and Storm by Michele Phoenix

This is my first novel read by Michele Phoenix. I love the premise of this novel and all that she opened my eyes to. We always hear of the 'calling' by missionaries. We want to go where God calls us. We want to make a difference. 
To be called by God isn't the same for every soul. We all fit differently into His plan. Our walk with Him isn't ALL we do for His name, but our relationship with Him, our intimate journey with our Savior. 
This novel is raw and transparent. For me, it was the journey of Lauren. We see that her husband feels called to work in Nepal and with the people, but we really don't read about much of his personal journey. 
Their son, Ryan, is struggling. We can see through the conversations he has with his parents that he is truly unhappy. We see the fall, but we don't really get a close glimpse into his heart. 
It is with Lauren that we journey. She feels alone and lost. Through her words we can 'feel' the pain in her heart. She is br…