Persistent FaithPosted: January 24, 2014
I am not someone that works out. I desperately want to be, but I am not. However, last night on my way home I was listening to a podcast and one of the people speaking said that she would read her Bible while she biked in the mornings. And a light went off. One of my goals is to read the Bible every day and we have a gym in our apartment. Sadly, there is no bike. But there is an elliptical, which is kinda the same thing.
So last night, when Ryan was engrossed in a basketball game, I grabbed my Bible and headed to the gym. (Sidenote: geez louise, it’s cold outside.)
I grew up going to church and Sunday School, have taken multiple Bible studies in my lifetime, but I am amazed at how God is always revealing new and beautiful things. When I read this, I stopped reading and began praying.
Luke 18 (The Message):
Jesus told them a story showing that it was necessary for them to pray consistently and never quit. He said, “There was once a judge in some city who never gave God a thought and cared nothing for people. A widow in that city kept after him: ‘My rights are being violated. Protect me!’
He never gave her the time of day. But after this went on and on he said to himself, ‘I care nothing what God things, even less what people think. But because this widow won’t quit badgering me, I’d better do something and see that she gets justice– otherwise I’m going to end up beaten black-and-blue by her pounding.'”
Then the Master said, “Do you hear what that judge, corrupt as he is, is saying? So what makes you think God won’t step in and work justice for his chosen people, who continue to cry out for help? Won’t he stick up for them? I assure you, he will. He will not drag his feet. But how much of that kind of persistent faith will the Son of Man find on the earth when he returns?”
Reading this was a reminder to me to never stop asking God, crying out to him for help. He will work in his time, not mine. He will find persistent faith when he finds me.