Sitting here this morning, I wonder how we will retain our faith until Christ comes. I continue to watch things fall apart, both personal and worldwide and no cries for help are yet heard or answered. Is this why Jesus asked “Will I find faith on the earth when I return”?
Luke 18:1-8 says this: Then Jesus told His disciples a parable to show them that they should always pray and not give up. He said: “In a certain town there was a judge who neither feared God nor cared about men. And there was a widow in that town who kept coming to him with the plea, ‘Grant me justice against my adversary.’ For some time he refused. But finally he said to himself, ‘Even though I don’t fear God or care about men, yet because this widow keeps bothering me, I will see that she gets justice, so that she won’t eventually wear me out with her coming!'” And the Lord said: “Listen to what the unjust judge says. 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?”
So are we at that point where our heart fails because our prayers are not answered? I can’t tell you why so many of God’s children seem to be abandoned when they need Him the most. I can’t tell you why the wicked prosper and false miracles abound when those who truly need miracles don’t get them. But the Lord has promised to come quickly to His chosen ones. Which throws another question up: If things are taking so long to be rectified – years, for instance; am I truly chosen? Which then gives the answer: If I have faith in His saving grace; real faith, then I am chosen and loved of Him.
Trials and pressure from the world are supposed to strengthen our faith. I read about the faith of those imprisoned and the worldwide church lifting them up in prayer. The prisoners of Christ refuse to disown Him, and the wicked keep piling more and more pressure upon them. Those we cry out for remain in prison for years, and their families are split up. Sadly, some fall and sign papers ‘offered’ them to renounce their new found faith in Christ. We must pray that these vulnerable souls will be vindicated. We must lift up those who preach, that their words may cause the Lord to pull souls into His kingdom while there’s still time. We’re in the time of 2 Timothy 3 with a vengeance. Will we continue to pray? Will the Lord find faith in us, either when He returns, or when we pass through the gates of death to go to Him? Will WE remain faithful?
Psalm 137; 138 and 139
1 Chronicles 17:16-24
Psalm 140; 141; 142;143 and 144
Remain faithful everyone, and God give us strength to do so.