We all have read the verse, “When the Lord comes will He find faith on the earth?” Luke told a parable that Jesus used in Luke 18, about a persistent widow and an unjust judge who had a reputation for not fearing or reverencing God. In the parable we learn the persistent widow would not let the judge rest until he ruled in her favor and protected her against her adversary. At first he would not help her, but later he reconsidered because he could not tolerate her intolerable annoyance. This woman had an intolerable tenacity and persistence, which even the intolerable judge could not resist. Now listen to what the unjust judge had to say:
6. Then the Lord said, “Listen to what the unjust judge says!
7. And will not our just God defend and protect and avenge His elect His chosen ones, who cry to Him day and night? Will He defer them and delay help on their behalf ?
8. I tell you, He will defend and protect and avenge them speedily. However, when the Son of Man comes, will He find persistence in faith on the earth.”
What if someone were to tell you that you have the same resources that Jesus had at His disposal, resources that were only available to unselfishness. What do you think lies ahead of you and other believers as we approach what is called the end of days? What preparation has taken place in your heart that will lay siege on God the Judge of all the earth? Faith is always in the now and will not allow us to take hold of the past when the future is what we are stepping into each and every new day.
What we face in the future may be great, but the God we serve is still greater. Faith for the future requires faith to take care of business now, faith to deal a deathblow to unyielding self. Knowing that faith works by love, it is important for all of us to walk in love all the way to the last step we take. Jesus walked in love to the moment He cried, “It is finished,” and because He did, we can follow in His steps.
We believe in you!
Your loving pastors,
Cleddie and GayNell