Two Parables, One Lesson–for Today

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What shall we do? Politics and churches, popes and premiers, courts and commentators–the crazies have taken over, and all our worldly institutions–in which we put our trust–have failed us.

Our Lord Jesus Christ has two parables we need to hear.

Luke 18: 2-8–An unjust judge who fears neither God nor man is troubled by a widow woman who comes to him again and again, seeking justice. “Yet because this widow troubleth me, I will avenge her, lest by her continued coming she weary me” (v. 5). And Jesus asks His audience, “And shall not God avenge His own elect, which cry day and night unto Him, though He bear long with them?”

Luke 11: 5-8–A man is wakened by a knock on his door at midnight. It’s his neighbor, needing to borrow bread so he can feed a friend who has just come to him. The man in bed doesn’t want to get out of bed; but, “I say unto you, Though he will not rise and give him, because he is his friend, yet because of his importunity he will rise and give him as many as he needeth” (v.8).

The lesson in both parables is the same, and speaks to us today:

Keep praying!

For one thing, it keeps up our connection to God–and we need that connection. For another, it states our faith in God, that He hears and answers prayers (which is what Humanist Manifesto II explicitly denies: they don’t want you praying). And for a third, God already knows what He is going to do and when He is going to do it, but we are His children by adoption and He will feel for us, He will care for us, He will know when the time has come to give us any particular blessing.

And it may be that, like the unjust judge and the man who’d already gone to bed, God will decide to give us what we need rather than be “troubled” by us forever.

Keep praying. We need deliverance out of the hands of wicked and ungodly rulers. It is in God’s power to grant us that deliverance. No evil empire ever rose without His decision not to stop it, because He respects our free will; and no evil empire ever lasted a minute longer than He decreed. As mighty as they are, He can throw them down in an instant. Ask the Assyrians.

Though He bear long with us… keep praying. He is God, the judge of all the earth. Keep praying.

5 comments on “Two Parables, One Lesson–for Today

  1. All of us who know the Lord, know well that the whole situation is in His hands. Sometimes, He has to teach us the hard way, yet He is merciful and He does have a plan- and He knows the end from the beginning. The Daniel chapter 9 has never been more relevant.

  2. One definition of a blessing is that it is something that brings us closer to God. If our trials, tragedies, and disappointments bring us closer to God in that we seek Him more diligently in prayer, then that can be seen as a blessing. True faith is believing Romans 8:28. Another Bible story that is apropos to our situation today is when Paul was shipwrecked on Malta. He was collecting wood for the fire and an asp bit him on the hand. Instead of the poison killing Paul, he flung off the snake into the fire. That is what we need to do with all the outrageous lies the Dem leaders are speaking with their poisonous tongues, fling them off into the fire of hell from which they come..

  3. I often think of the early martyrs. The situation must have seemed hopeless in the secular realm — nothing was changing, sometimes it was getting even worse, and the conversion of the world just didn’t seem to be happening. They didn’t have the benefit of the hindsight that comes with history books and foreshortened time. It was centuries before Christianity was even legalized, let alone spread throughout the world.

    And then came the heresies, seemingly unstoppable. St. Jerome in the late 4th century famously said that “The world woke up to find itself Arian.”

    St. Edith Stein (Teresa Benedicta of the Cross) said to her sister (also a convert from Judaism) as they were taken away to be sent to Auschwitz, “Come, Rosa, we go for our people.” But that was in 1942, and it was three more years before the Nazis were vanquished and the Holocaust ended. In 1942 it must have seemed that their sacrifice was in vain.

    The Israelites were in bondage in Egypt for centuries, in Babylon for decades, exiled from their ancient homeland for over almost two millennia. We know the ending. They didn’t know it at the time.

    We know that all God’s stories have happy endings. But we’re still in living in chapter two and can’t see the final pages.

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