Sometime I have no ideal what a new blog is going to be about untill five minutes before I log in. That can be frustration to say the least. But when I write it, it come back to me over and over again and sometimes come to understand it fully until I get a comment or message. But there's a thought I have in my mind that I thought I had everything together. The deliverance, the joy of redemption, the peace, the bliss to have confidence back on the Lord. But let's turn to a parable that we don't look at until everything happened. The Parable ends with this statement, ["...Luke 18:8 (Whole Chapter) I tell you, he will give justice to them [Heb 10:37 ] speedily. Nevertheless, when the Son of Man comes, [Luke 17:26-30; Matt 24:12] will he find faith on earth?..." ] Well I hope you recognize it. It's the last statement of the Parable of the persistent widow. Let's visit this parable to refresh our memory. ["... 1And he told them a parable to the effect that they ought always to pray and not lose heart. 2He said, "In a certain city there was a judge who neither feared God nor respected man. 3And there was a widow in that city who kept coming to him and saying, 'Give me justice against my adversary.' 4For a while he refused, but afterward he said to himself, 'Though I neither fear God nor respect man, 5yet because this widow keeps bothering me, I will give her justice, so that she will not beat me down by her continual coming.'" 6And the Lord said, "Hear what the unrighteous judge says. 7And will not God give justice to his elect, who cry to him day and night? Will he delay long over them? 8I tell you, he will give justice to them speedily. Nevertheless, when the Son of Man comes, will he find faith on earth?...] Sometimes when we get on our knees and fast and pray to God for something and wonder why he takes to long to answer us, we might be like this persistent widow. And God surely tells us that we should always pray and not loose heart. But will he find faith on the earth if he tarries a little in granting our request of little or much? Do we really have faith that he will come in his own time? After he has delivered us, do we ask ourselves whether do we really have faith on him or had we already given his pink slip or ultimatimus of loyalty? Sometimes there's no rejoicing when we are delivered but fail in this matter of being patient in the Lord. We peak into the next parable to hopefully further this study. ["...9He also told this parable to some who trusted in themselves that they were righteous, and treated others with contempt: 10"Two men went up into the temple to pray, one a Pharisee and the other a tax collector. 11The Pharisee, standing by himself, prayed thus: 'God, I thank you that I am not like other men, extortioners, unjust, adulterers, or even like this tax collector. 12 I fast twice a week; I give tithes of all that I get.' 13But the tax collector, standing far off, would not even lift up his eyes to heaven, but beat his breast, saying, 'God, be merciful to me, a sinner!' 14I tell you, this man went down to his house justified, rather than the other. For everyone who exalts himself will be humbled, but the one who humbles himself will be exalted...] Sometime the once who need the most help is ourselves. And we take on a demand against our adversary but fail to look at ourselves and see that perhaps we trust on ourselves to be righteous and have earned the 'holiness' and right to despise others. This is a mistake before God. This puffed-up-ness is a mistake. And that's probably why the Lord tarries in granting some of our requests. Because we exalt ourselves over others and wish evil on others we think are wicked. That is a mistake. I think these two Parables work side-by-side to get the message clear and home. And I truly examined myself on what God says and I do pray that I am delivered from this syndrome. May you be blessed. Amen. thbg
Great blog tohimbetheglory, this brings two things to my mind:
One, These verses in Daniel where Daniel prayed for twenty days; Daniel 10:12-13, Then said he unto me, Fear not, Daniel: for from the first day that thou didst set thine heart to understand, and to chasten thyself before thy God, thy words were heard, and I am come for thy words. But the prince of the kingdom of Persia withstood me one and twenty days: but, lo, Michael, one of the chief princes, came to help me; and I remained there with the kings of Persia.
And; Two, an old time Gospel song that goes something like this:
"It's me, it's me, it's me Oh Lord, standing in the need of prayer."
God's Blessings, Vance
Thank you 'diciplevance' for your further study into this two sided matter of persistance and self examination. We might wonder what they have in common? But like you outline, Daniel was persistant in his supplications to God for deliverance and understanding. And I need to pray that today, to have God, to continue my deliverance in the troubles that comes. But with that the gospel song..."It's me, It's me...Let's take a look at me.
Perhaps we generated a 'gamma ray' with these two thoughts. In science when a positve matter is accelerated and collide with some anti-proton, it produces a ray called 'gamma ray' that seem to go no where as it produces light. And so this matter. Seems to go no where, but it does produce light as it disintergrates. Certainly 'diciplevance' you comment brought on more light on the subject.
Like Daniel in captivity, had faith that even then the Lord his God would look a his supplication and abasement and would answer his prayer. God did not only answer his prayer but told him that he was beloved of God. And when God tells us something about ourselves to correct us, it is only because he loves us, and want us to be the best dicipiles and truly represent him as his children. In this way we have more joy than what we started with, as with think of ourselves as the children of God. Hebrews. May you be blessed. Amen.