“Then Jesus told his disciples a parable to show them that they should always pray and not give up. He said: “In a certain town there was a judge who neither feared God nor cared what people thought. And there was a widow in that town who kept coming to him with the plea, ‘Grant me justice against my adversary.’ For some time he refused. But finally he said to himself, ‘Even though I don’t fear God or care what people think, yet because this widow keeps bothering me, I will see that she gets justice, so that she won’t eventually come and attack me!’”
Luke 18:1-5 NIV
We live in an “instant” world. We have little tolerance for anything that requires patience or persistence. Therefore, maybe it is not surprising that too often believers have the attitude that our relationship with God should be something like a cosmic vending machine: “Do it, Lord, NOW!”
We get so charged up to see instant results that we forget God’s timing and divine providence are always perfect. We neglect to remember that our human, finite reasoning and expectations should not challenge His infinite wisdom.
A major part of obeying God is not giving up, even when faith is not rewarded instantly.
Jesus believed in persistence. One of His parables was given to teach us that we should not give up or lose heart. He told the story of a widow who went to a wicked judge. Her request was that she would somehow get justice. The judge, either too busy or disinterested in the case, said, “Go away!” What was the woman’s response? She firmly declared, “No, I’m not leaving until you do what I’m asking of you.” Finally, because of her tenacity, the judge agreed to hear her case because she would not give up.
After telling this story, Jesus said, “Listen to what the unjust judge says. 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?” (Luke 18:6-7 NIV).
Christ never criticized the woman in the parable because she was unrelenting. He didn’t say she was lacking in faith. He commended what she did.
Keep your requests constantly before the Lord. Don’t give up. Don’t stop asking. Don’t stop seeking. Don’t stop knocking at your Father’s door, for persistence and patience are powerful steps toward obedience!