Jesus told his disciples a parable
about the necessity for them to pray always without becoming weary.
He said, “There was a judge in a certain town
who neither feared God nor respected any human being.
And a widow in that town used to come to him and say,
‘Render a just decision for me against my adversary.’
For a long time the judge was unwilling, but eventually he thought,
‘While it is true that I neither fear God nor respect any human being,
because this widow keeps bothering me
I shall deliver a just decision for her
lest she finally come and strike me.'”
The Lord said, “Pay attention to what the dishonest judge says.
Will not God then secure the rights of his chosen ones
who call out to him day and night?
Will he be slow to answer them?
I tell you, he will see to it that justice is done for them speedily.
But when the Son of Man comes, will he find faith on earth?”
18:1 to pray always without becoming weary In anticipation of the events outlined in 17:22–37.
18:2 neither feared God The judge was indifferent toward God’s law.
18:3 Render a just decision for me against my adversary Moses declares that those who refuse justice for widows (among others) shall be opposed by God (Deut 27:19).
18:4 the judge was unwilling The judge did not care about the widow’s plight.
18:5 this widow keeps bothering me The widow’s persistence eventually provoked the judge to grant her request.
18:7 Will not God then secure the rights of his chosen ones If the repeated petitions of a helpless widow are granted by a dishonest judge, Jesus’ followers can expect that their righteous God in heaven will respond to their cries for justice.
18:8 will he find faith on earth? The widow’s persistence reflected faith that her request would be granted someday. Jesus calls on His followers to demonstrate this same kind of faith as they wait for His return.
What a wonderful lesson on perseverance. Despite facing great adversity, this widow never gave up. She kept trying. She kept bringing her petition forth, and finally, she was heard. As we look at our own lives, persistent in sharing the reason for the joy in our life? Do we tell our story of how Jesus Christ has impacted our lives?
Have we invited our neighbor to explore their own story in the light of the saving grace of Jesus Christ? Have invited them and been turned down? Has this discouraged us so much that we stopped trying?
It may take accompanying someone for a very long period of time; it may take inviting someone 10, 20, maybe 50 or more times before they actually accept your invitation. But if we stop our efforts, if we fail to persist in love, how will they ever experience the joy of finding the unimaginable and transformative love that comes from Christ?
May the virtues of faith, hope, and love go with you today – DV.