An Unexpected Turn

Scripture turned the tables on me.

Just the other day, I was reading Luke 18, the parable of the persistent widow. 

Jesus tells us that a strong-willed woman, utterly convinced of her case, continually visits a judge "who neither feared God nor respected man". All her bothering pleas eventually convince the judge to grant her the justice she so fervently seeks. Jesus tells His listeners that God, who is righteous and just in all His ways, will indeed hear the prayers of His children. 

The parable could have ended there with the focus on God's just and righteous nature. But it does not. The tables quickly turn when Jesus asks, "Nevertheless, will the Son of Man find faith on earth?"

What a challenge to us today! Just when we think the parable ends with a blessed reassurance of God's unchanging, reliable character, Jesus questions the state of our hearts.

He asks if we will be a people humbly submitted to His love and utterly dependent on His saving grace.  

May Christ dwell in our hearts through faith (Ephesians 3:17). And when the Son of Man comes, may He find faith on earth!

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