|Monastere des Augustines, Quebec City, Quebec, June 2011.|
This parable captured my heart and attention this week. I intended to bring you a different devotion, but I kept returning to these verses instead. Maybe it's because I identify with the vulnerable and defenseless widow. She keeps going to the unjust judge with her plea, probably knowing full well he was unjust.
For some time he refused. But finally he said to himself, 'Even though I don't fear God or care about men, yet because this widow keeps bothering me, I will see that she gets justice, so that she won't eventually wear me out with her coming!'
This unjust judge could represent many entities that hold our interests in the power of their hands. He doesn't respect God, nor does he care about men, but at last he gives in to her pleas. Not because of any virtue or compassion in himself; He has his own self-interest in mind. He's tired of her bothering him.
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?
Jesus is asking this question. And what must the answer be?
I tell you, he will see that they get justice, and quickly.
God is Faithful and Just. Keep taking your petition to Him in prayer. Keep going to Him night and day. He will grant you justice against our adversary.
This parable encourages me to persist in prayer, and gives me hope. But this parable ends with another question from Jesus that I had never noticed before,which causes me to search my heart.
However, when the Son of Man comes, will he find faith on the earth?' Luke 18:1-5
Be encouraged today to pray and not give up. I pray that your faith endures until Jesus comes again.
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