Tuesday, December 7, 2010

In Persistence

Luke 18
The Parable of the Persistent Widow
1 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?”

On Monday I began to think about how our pastor talked about God being a vengeful God (He can avenge good deeds and bring vengence on those who commit bad deeds) and remembered this prophecy last Sunday about God granting restitution.  Restitution means the restoration of stolen property.  What I began to cry out to the Lord about was the fact that my friend was murdered back in 2005.

I cried and I told the Lord plainly, "I want justice!"  The next day he takes me to this passage and Luke and when I get to the end of the parable reminds me that He is not a liar and will keep His promise.  Five years has been long enough and now it's time for swift justice.

Yes, Jan is dead (until Jesus comes back), but God can restore to us our peace and give us closure.
Amen.

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