The Persistent Widow ~ The Very Rev. Terry Elkington, OPoc

Luke 18:1-8

18 Then Jesus told his disciples a parable to show them that they should always pray and not give up. 2 He said: “In a certain town there was a judge who neither feared God nor cared what people thought. 3 And there was a widow in that town who kept coming to him with the plea, ‘Grant me justice against my adversary.’

4 “For some time he refused. But finally he said to himself, ‘Even though I don’t fear God or care what people think, 5 yet because this widow keeps bothering me, I will see that she gets justice, so that she won’t eventually come and attack me!’”

6 And the Lord said, “Listen to what the unjust judge says. 7 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? 8 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?”

This parable was told in effort to comfort the disciples. Jesus knows when our hearts our troubled. A heavily troubled heart can lead to doubt,, and doubt can lead to sin.

 This judge was apathetic; he did not know Christ.  He yielded to the persistence of a helpless widow, not out of mercy but because of her persistence.
God does not see His children as a bother, and his mercy and compassion are great! Without Jesus, we are like the widow to an uncaring judge, but with Jesus, we are the children of an almighty God, and our God is just! God is the great redeemer of our our souls, tormented by sin. God granted us mercy and redemption through Jesus.
We should not seek vengeance upon those who persecute us for the sake of Jesus. Jesus says we must bless those who curse us, love and pray for our enemies.
We can pray for protection from our adversary the devil. Vengeance is the Lord’s, and there will be a time when God will execute his vengeance upon the devil, and all the enemies of Christ.
Believe that God will handle such things, and be constant in prayer. Prayer draws us close to God, and if we are close to God, the devil flees.  The humble will be exalted, God will not ignore His children. Therefore Jesus asks: Do you believe that He is returning, even the midst of all the pain and suffering in this world? Do you believe in Him? Let Christ return and find us faithful. Amen.
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