Full of Faith or Faith-less?
Earlier this week, I was reading the parable of the unjust judge. “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?” (Luke 18:7-8) I’ve often referenced that last sentence in conversation but, for some reason, I didn’t realize this was the context it was used. As I reread that passage, I got a mental picture of a God who is waiting and willing and just about ready to answer a prayer or intervene in a situation when the petitioner gives up for whatever reason. Maybe he or she is tired or discouraged or beginning to feel hopeless but that’s when we need to press in further because His hem is not that far away.
God can, and often does, move on our behalf before we ask and sometimes we may not receive an answer because we ask outside of the will of God. However, I feel like often we “have not because [we] ask not.” (James 4:2)
I pray that, as I come before His throne, I will never lose the awareness that I stand before a Holy God who doesn’t owe me a thing but who delights in giving good gifts to His children. (Matthew 7:11) May He find me full of faith, not just in the good times but in the trying times as well.