THE KEY TO OUR ALWAYS HOPING
October 26, 2014
Luke 18:1-8 ESV:  And he told them a parable to the effect that they ought always to pray and not lose heart.  He said, “In a certain city there was a judge who neither feared God nor respected man.  And there was a widow in that city who kept coming to him and saying, ‘Give me justice against my adversary.’  For a while he refused, but afterward he said to himself, ‘Though I neither fear God nor respect man,  yet because this widow keeps bothering me, I will give her justice, so that she will not beat me down by her continual coming.’”  And the Lord said, “Hear what the unrighteous judge says.  And will not God give justice to his elect, who cry to him day and night? Will he delay long over them?  I tell you, he will give justice to them speedily. Nevertheless, when the Son of Man comes, will he find faith on earth?”
Luke makes clear the reason Jesus tells this parable is to fill us with hope that never diminishes, a hope that sustains us through all of life’s circumstances.
- God hears and responds to the cries of His children.
- God will bring justice quickly.
- God desires that we live in faith, expectantly awaiting Jesus’ return.