"And will not God bring about justice for His chosen ones, who cry out to Him day and night? Will He keep putting them off? I tell you, He will see that they get justice, and quickly. However, when the Son of Man comes, will He find faith on the earth?” Luke 18:7- 8
For years my mornings have consisted of personal devotion time, a cup of coffee (or two), followed by watching the morning news as I prepare for my workday. As time has passed, keeping with my morning ritual has become extremely difficult. Watching the morning news has become almost unbearable for me because it seems like headline after headline is filled with reports of injustices, heinous crimes against women, innocent children, the elderly, and the most vulnerable among us.
With every story of what seems to be tragic, senseless loss, I admit my faith in justice has wavered. I've often wondered, “Lord, where are You?” At times my heart has become so heavy and I've speculated whether God really hears my prayers for those who are suffering in this world.
Perhaps you're like me, and your faith has begun to waver and justice seems elusive.
In Luke 18, Jesus tells the disciples a story of the persistent widow who troubled a corrupt judge for justice from her adversary. Although he cared nothing for her or God's people, he obliged because of the persistence of her prayers and her unwavering faith in his ability to bring justice.
Then Jesus says to them, “Look at what the unjust judge does. Will not our just God defend and protect His elect, those who cry to Him day and night?” As believers, we can be certain of God's promises to deliver justice. But will He find us in persistent prayer and unwavering in our faith in His ability to bring justice?
Lord, in these perilous times when we feel like You are not with us and our faith is shaken, we thank You for reminding us that You are a God of justice. Thank You for hearing our cries for our communities, nation, and the world! In Jesus' name, Amen.
If you are not already doing so, commit to spending five minutes each day to specifically pray for those affected by senseless acts of crime and violence. Ask Him to hear your cry renew your faith in His promise to deliver justice.