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 thinks, 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?” [Luke 18:1-8]
This encounter with Jesus ends with the plaintive question, “Will the Son of Man find faith on Earth when He returns?” In these days of the post Christian era, one is forced to ask the same question. It seems that faith and faithfulness are diminishing on the earth like the grey mist of a foggy morning yields under the relentless morning sun.
People seem to be allowing their zeal to dissipate. Faithfulness in almost every manner is dispelling – faithfulness within marriages, within contracts, and government all vanish more each day. Faithfulness to friends, the handshake, the word of promise and to family and churches is disappearing before our very eyes. Faithfulness to raise up our children in the ways of the Lord is a rarity as we allow children to make their own decisions about worship, prayer and Christian fellowship long before they are equipped to make intelligent decisions.
The Name of the Lord, Yahweh, is tolerated less and less, while the name of Allah is accepted out of fear of our fellow man. Mention Jesus’ name in a public forum and you will be ridiculed, expelled, or worse.
This country was once built on faith and now its leaders are largely faithless and corrupt. Whole denominations turn backs on the Word of God in favor of modernist philosophy. Clergy openly declare that Jesus isn’t the way. Schools are godless breeding grounds for disrespect, violence, substance abuse and failure. Public education is a colossal failure in this country largely because of the system’s wholesale abandonment of religious and moral values.
Our economy is failing, natural disasters abound, leadership flounders and turns against its own allies, corruption and influence peddling are the standard for the day and liars stand in line to run for office.
People worship when the feel like it, children turn against parents, families are tearing apart- signs of the times, folks – signs of the times. The Lord will bring hardship with a capitol “hard.” Will, there still be those who persist in seeking Him? When He returns, will He find faith / faithfulness in YOU?