I really love reading this old book. It has so much relevance to our past, present and future. This month I was struggling with wanting to give up, and this old book encouraged me like nothing else could. Here is the amazing story of a woman who didn’t quit, and as a result I have been encouraged not to quit.
Luke 18 where Jesus told his disciples a parable to show them that they should always pray and not give up. 2He said: In a certain town there was a judge who neither feared God nor cared about men. 3And there was a widow in that town who kept coming to him with the plea, Grant me justice against my adversary. 4For some time he refused. But finally he said to himself, Even though I don’t fear God or care about men, 5yet 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! 6And the Lord said, Listen to what the unjust judge says. 7And will not God bring about justice for his chosen ones, who cry out to him day and night? Will he keep putting them off? 8I 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?
If anyone had a cause to quit, it was this widow woman. Widows were one of the weakest most vulnerable members of society. Think about the circumstances of this woman.
- She had a helper that wouldn’t help; He refused (v.4)
- The judge cared nothing about God or people; (v. 4)
- Her request for justice lasted some time; a long time; it was a while; (v.4)
- She was like a stranger in town;
- She was by herself. No one pleaded with her.
How often do we let our social position stop us? Here is a woman who had no clout and yet, she did not quit or give up on what she knew she deserved. Even in the face of a stubborn and unjust judge who was expected to be a legitimate means of help. Why didn’t the widow woman just give up?
I believe two reasons really sum up why:
- This woman refused to be victimized by her status or her problem.
- This woman never asked the judge WHY? She just kept coming back!
How often do we let our status or lack thereof determine what we will do and achieve in life. I understand we live in a world where a good socio-economic status can be the launching pad for success. But, what about people who have little or nothing to launch from? What about people who don’t come from the “right” family? What about the people who are smart but don’t have the degrees to show for it? What about those who help others and don’t care about who getting attention for it? What about, what about, what about? I could go on and on. Do these people ask why? Or do they keep pushing forward, keep trying, keep helping, keep learning, keep standing.
What do you do when you feel deserving of something that you are denied of, or it’s seemingly out of reach? Do you quit? Do you give up?
If this widow woman was able to receive justice from an unjust judge simply by being persistent and bothersome, how much more can you and I receive from God who is a righteous judge? It’s not our persistent, continual coming to God that causes Him to grant our request, it is our faith. God is our righteous judge and earth is the only place where we have the opportunity to exercise our faith.
With God all things are possible!
Don’t Quit & Don’t Give Up!
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