And the Lord said, “Hear what the unrighteous judge said; now, will not God bring about justice for His elect who cry to Him day and night, and will He delay long over them? I tell you that He will bring about justice for them quickly. However, when the Son of Man comes, will He find faith on the earth?” Luke 18:6-8
Today's thoughts from today's verses:
Today’s Scripture reminds us that there is a day coming when Jesus Christ will come back to earth. In his first coming, he came as the Savior of the world to seek and to save that which was lost. In his second coming, he will come back as King of kings and Lord of lords to set up his kingdom and show us once and for all how life on earth was meant to be. Jesus puts a major concern he has right out there when he says at the end of our passage, “when the Son of Man comes, will He find faith on the earth?” The plight of mankind is that they exalt the creation over the Creator, whereby they live by sight, totally absorbed in human life without regard for God and his claim upon them. Going their own way and doing their own thing, they stray further and further away and become entrenched in life without regard for God and his ways.
Yes, Jesus is concerned about there being a “scarcity of faith” on earth, but his concern is more directed at those who have entered the realm of faith than with those who have not. Jesus Christ came to seek and to save that which was lost. Those who are reached are those who enter the realm of faith by trusting in Christ as the Savior of the world. He tells the story of the “unrighteous judge” for them. Here is what we are told at the beginning of Luke 18, “He was telling them a parable to show that at all times they ought to pray and not lose heart.” Praying at all times and not losing heart is what faith is all about. It’s tough living a life of faith in a world gone astray. Jesus wants to assure those who are his that God’s help is sure and constant so that a “scarcity of faith” does not become their plight.
The story of the “unrighteous judge” is about a woman who came to him over and over again pleading for legal protection from her opponent. The outcome was this: “For a while he was unwilling; but afterward he said to himself, ‘Even though I do not fear God nor respect man, yet because this woman bothers me, I will give her legal protection, otherwise by continually coming she will wear me out.’” Our passage for today picks up at this point with these words, “And the Lord said, ‘Hear what the unrighteous judge said.’” This is not a call to listen because Jesus has already told us what the “unrighteous judge” said in response to the woman. Rather, it is a call to let it truly sink in so that we will be able to understand the point Jesus goes onto make and we will be ready to let it penetrate deeply into our hearts and souls.
Jesus says, “Now, will not God bring about justice for His elect who cry to Him day and night, and will He delay long over them? I tell you He will bring about justice for them quickly.” When this truth penetrates deeply into our hearts and souls, we will be able to trust God fully as ones who pray at all times and do not lose heart. We will be counted among those for whom a “scarcity of faith” is not their plight. God delights to have his people come to him and exercise faith through prayer. He is absolutely trustworthy and is always at work on our behalf in ways that are absolutely right and best for us.
Today's prayer response from today's thoughts:
Lord, I come to you in a prayer of faith. You alone know fully the concerns of my heart and life. I cast all my cares on you as the one who truly cares for me and I sink back into your arms of love and care. I trust you and rest in you fully, my precious Lord and Master. Amen!
Posted on Thu, August 18, 2016
by Ken Hart