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The Parable of the Persistent Widow

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!’”

And the Lord 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? 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?”

Luke 18:1-8

I admire the determined tenacity of the widow in this parable. I think it takes courage to be this persistent and not give up, especially when faced with someone like this judge who is not interested in what you are going through or helping you out. I’m pretty sure Colin, my husband, thinks I can be persistent (or possibly a nag) at times when I’m trying to get him to take the bins out or to complete some much-needed DIY, but I’ve found that often my persistence pays off (eventually).

My cousin sent me the message she received in her Valentine’s card this year which stated, ‘I’m not bored of you yet!’  It made me think of this parable and although tongue in cheek for my cousin the intended sentiment does remind me that unlike the unjust judge God isn’t bored of you yet ever.

This parable calls us to be bold and persistent in our prayers, trusting faithfully that He will supply what we need.

Prayer: Loving God, help me to stay strong and faithful.  Thank you that you have a plan for me, and you are on my side. Amen

Action: Read Philippians 4:6

This Thought was written by Ruth Mackie