Yesterday I went to my acupuncturist and I had the most intensive treatment I’ve ever experienced – AKABANI. Suffice it to say my body was totally out of balance and suffering from the effects of winter. I love acupuncture and am a strong proponent of it. Winter time is rest time and I’m going to respect that law of nature as it relates to my body.
I am writing every day: the 40 Days of Lent – I believe you will like this book for your Lenten journey. The gospel of Luke is RICH – I am concluding this could be my favorite gospel! Last week I shared an entry in the book and have decided I would do that each Wednesday for the next several weeks – I am going to be good to myself and my wintering body, which wants to hibernate!!!
Mrs. Persistent Widow
Then He spoke a parable to them, that men always ought to pray and not lose heart, saying, “There was in a certain city a judge who did not fear God nor regard [respect] man. Now there was a widow in that city; and she came to him, saying, ‘Get justice for me from my adversary.’ And he would not for a while; but afterward he said within himself, ‘Though I do not fear God nor regard man, yet because this widow troubles me I will avenge [vindicate] her, lest by her continual coming she weary me.’ ” Then the Lord said, “Hear what the unjust judge said. And shall God not avenge His own elect who cry out day and night to Him, though He bears long with them? I tell you that He will avenge them speedily. Nevertheless, when the Son of Man comes, will He really find faith on the earth?” Luke 18.1-8
The widow in this story had, what I like to refer to as, bulldog tenacity! She just didn’t give up. She probably went to the judge’s office every single day with the same plea, “Give me justice in this case with my enemy.”
Over and over again. Like a broken record!
Finally the judge caved! He gave in because she was driving him crazy. By his own admission he didn’t give in out of a tender, compassionate heart but because she would not give it a rest!
I like Mrs. Persistent Widow.
Then the Master Storyteller puts a heavenly twist on the story.
How much more does your good, good Father care about your pleadings and prayers? He doesn’t give in because He’s sick of hearing from you – He grants us justice and mercy from a heart of compassion and concern.
Yes, there are times or there will be times when His answer doesn’t come what we deem “fast enough” but His answer will definitely come and we can be certain it will be the very best possible solution for us as individuals.
The final question Jesus asks is the one that makes me dig deep. But when the Son of Man returns, how many will He find on the earth who have faith?
I’m stopping here – in the book each devotion ends with a probing question – but you’ll have to wait for the book to know what it is!!!