Rev. Peter Greiner
Sun 17 Jun
They say persistence pays off. If you want to get fit then persisting with exercise is needed. If you want to get your computer working then you persist with it. If you have a tree root in the garden then persisting with the shovel may see you get it out. What have you persisted with?
When we read the Scriptures we come across people who persisted. Noah persisted with the building of an ark under God’s watchful eye. Noah persisted and did not give up. Abraham pleaded with God not to destroy Sodom. He persisted and did not give up. Jacob wrestled with God for a blessing. He persisted and did not give up. Paul continued to preach the good news of Jesus even if it meant mocking and gaol. He persisted and did not give up. Through the Gospel accounts Jesus continued on the path to Jerusalem and the cross. He persisted and did not give up.
Jesus tells a story of a widow who persisted in going to a judge to gain justice. Jesus used this story to show the Christian they should always pray and not give up. Persisting in prayer can be challenging. When events are going well we forget to pray. When events are not going well we can give up. Jesus encouraged His followers, whatever the situation to always pray and not give up. We do not give up because God is the One who will provide justice for His children. Let us then pray and not give up.