What Do You See Outside YOUR Open Window Today?

What Do You See Outside YOUR Open Window Today?
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Wednesday, July 30, 2014

A Modern Day Parable

I've had this particular parable on my mind lately...I won't go into details as to why this story has struck my fancy, but all I can say is it has been a lesson faith, trust, and justice prevailing.  Here is the parable:

Luke 18:1-8

"Then He (Jesus) spoke a parable to them, that men always ought to pray and not lose heart, saying:
'There was in a certain city a judge who did not fear God nor regard man.
Now there was a widow in that city; and she came to him, saying,
'Get justice for me from my adversary.'

And he would not for a while;
but afterward he said within himself,
'Though I do not fear God nor regard man,
yet because this widow troubles me I will avenge her,
lest by her continual coming she weary me.'

Then the Lord said, "Hear what the unjust judge said.
And shall God not avenge His own elect who cry out day and night to Him,
though He bears long with them?
I tell you that He will avenge them speedily. 
Nevertheless, when the Son of Man comes,
will He really find faith on the earth?"

Recently I had a very similar experience as this widow in the story above. It did not involve a judge, but a person in authority. I won't go into any details except to say that this person soon became exasperated with my continual remonstrance, (protest, complaint, reproof), and literally said that I was making him weary
Even though I felt rather stunned by that remark, and even a bit hurt, I knew that God was at work in the midst of the "battle".  As soon as I heard that word spoken, I was reminded of this parable...and became encouraged in my faith that my petitions would soon be granted.  

Now, I was not asking for vengeance on an adversary, but rather for favor for one who was being slighted and taken advantage of. It was a risky move on my part as it could have backfired and placed me in jeopardy. But nonetheless I was willing to take that risk...and it finally paid off. My request reached the halls of heaven, and God dispatched His ambassadors to respond favorably on behalf of the one who was not even aware of the danger lurking ahead.

I do not tell you this story to pat myself on the back or to elicit any praise for myself. I share this today because I want you to know that God is still on the Throne of Justice...and He does hear our petitions on behalf of His children..."the very elect who cry out day and night to Him..."  Yes, "I tell you that He will avenge them speedily."  Do I need to say, "Nevertheless, when the Son of Man comes, will He really find faith on the earth?"  I sincerely hope so. May we never forget how much the Lord has already done for us...and that He has not changed.

"May He grant you according to your heart's desire,
and fulfill all your purpose.
We will rejoice in your salvation,
and in the name of our God
we will set up our banners!
May the LORD fulfill all your petitions.
Now I know that the LORD saves His anointed;
He will answer him from His holy heaven
with the saving strength of His right hand.
Some trust in chariots,
and some in horses;
But we will remember the name of the LORD our God."
Psalm 20:4-7


  1. Let me just say that to have you on my side in any tough situation would be a definite WIN! Yay for justice prevailing!

    1. Thank you Susie! Although I must say it was definitely GOD prevailing in this situation. I am thankful that He gave me the courage to stand my ground even though it could have meant putting my own position in jeopardy...but that was all GOD. Without Him, I am weak and cowardly. Jesus makes me strong because HE is strong!!! Praise God!!!

  2. Amen! What a great post on courage not to give up or give in, keep on pressing forward!

    1. Thank you Sylvia. Yes, we press on, God helping us each day! Amen?

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  4. Pam: My first comment didn't seem to take. I enjoyed reading this post, God prevailed; that is the BEST good news we can hear.

    1. Sorry you had trouble posting your comment...but you prevailed! And here it is! :) Thank you for reading..YES, God DID prevail! Justice was done...and we are rejoicing in this victory because it is something that will be such a blessing to those concerned. Praise God!!!

  5. Pam: I had trouble getting my comment to post. I enjoyed reading this post. God prevailed; that is the BEST good news we can receive.

    1. Thank you again! I received your messages...and I so appreciate you taking the time to share your words of encouragement. You are a blessing to me. Praise God for His faithfulness.

  6. Pam, thank you for this bit of encouragement and reminder that persistence can pay off! I needed to hear that very thing today (31 July). So even though I'm late this week getting around to blog reading and leaving comments, it was JUST what I needed for this VERY hour! Hugs to you sweet friend.

    1. Don't we both know by now that God's timing is ALWAYS perfect? If not, we should! Even when we don't receive the answers we'd hoped for, we know that God is at work in our midst. In this situation, I am so thankful for His prevailing justice. God is concerned with all the mundane as well as the exceptional places of our hearts and lives. Thank you for stopping by today. Always happy to see your face!!


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