Monday March 11
Freedom to Persist
Then Jesus told them a parable about their need to pray always and not to lose heart. He said, ‘In a certain city there was a judge who neither feared God nor had respect for people. In that city there was a widow who kept coming to him and saying, “Grant me justice against my opponent.” For a while he refused; but later he said to himself, “Though I have no fear of God and no respect for anyone, yet because this widow keeps bothering me, I will grant her justice, so that she may not wear me out by continually coming.”’ And the Lord said, ‘Listen to what the unjust judge says. And will not God grant justice to his chosen ones who cry to him day and night? Will he delay long in helping them? I tell you, he will quickly grant justice to them. And yet, when the Son of Man comes, will he find faith on earth?’
Often we read this scripture and imagine God is the judge and we are the woman, constantly and persistently seeking justice.
But what if God is the woman and we are the judge?
What if God is the one who continues to come to us again and again and again - wearing us down with an insistence on love and justice? Scripture shows us repeatedly that God comes to set us free – through creation, laws, prophets, and yes, Jesus. Yet time and time again, we choose to stay enslaved to our own sense of righteousness and power. Time and time again, we choose to enslave others.
What does it mean for your life to hear God as the persistent voice demanding love and justice in your life?
What keeps you from responding to God’s persistence?
Today, what would it look like to open yourself to God’s persistent call for justice and acts of love? And what would it look like to respond in turn?
Jesus, please do not give up on me. Continue to persistent in my
life with your insistent justice and gracious love. I am yours. Amen