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Day 4: The Unjust Judge

Is life unfair? Don't hold back and don't stop complaining until God makes it right.
(Strangely, this is part of trust.)

Luke 18:1-8

One day Jesus told his disciples a story to show that they should always pray and never give up. “There was a judge in a certain city,” he said, “who neither feared God nor cared about people. A widow of that city came to him repeatedly, saying, ‘Give me justice in this dispute with my enemy.’ The judge ignored her for a while, but finally he said to himself, ‘I don’t fear God or care about people, but this woman is driving me crazy. I’m going to see that she gets justice, because she is wearing me out with her constant requests!’ ”

Then the Lord said, “Learn a lesson from this unjust judge. Even he rendered a just decision in the end. So don’t you think God will surely give justice to his chosen people who cry out to him day and night? Will he keep putting them off? I tell you, he will grant justice to them quickly! But when the Son of Man returns, how many will he find on the earth who have faith?”

Psalm 13:1-2
How long, O Lord? Will You forget me forever?

How long will You hide Your face from me?
How long shall I take counsel in my soul,
Having sorrow in my heart all the day?
How long will my enemy be exalted over me?

Psalm 89:46
How long, O Lord?

Will You hide Yourself forever?

Habakkuk 1:2
How long, O Lord, will I call for help,

And You will not hear?
I cry out to You, “Violence!”
Yet You do not save.

Revelation 6:10
“How long, O Lord, holy and true, will You refrain from judging and avenging our blood on those who dwell on the earth?”

The night my daughter had a seizure I was a mess. I was MAD at God. I wish I had lived by this teaching that night. I should have given it to him with both barrels. Paradoxically, this would have been an act of trust.

Instead, I kept my anger to myself and gave God the silent treatment. I closed my heart off to God because I didn't think it was allowed to complain.

Is there an area of your life where you need to give God a piece of your mind? Don't hold back!

Trust Jesus

4 Comments

  1. Dianne on January 19, 2018 at 10:35 pm

    Rev 6:10. Really? The saints are in heaven and they’re still crying out?

    I thought God was wiping away every tear… But if you get to heaven, and you’re STILL crying out “How long”…. That actually doesn’t sound any better than every single day of my life for the last ten years HERE ON EARTH!!!

    I honestly thought heaven would be better….

    Now, I’m not so sure. …

    I have so many questions. And so few answers.

    I don’t really want to cry for eternity. Ten years has been enough for me. I’m ready to be done with it all.

    So hell is burning for eternity and heaven is crying? I choose “D”, none of the above?

    Can I choose nothing?

    • Maury on January 20, 2018 at 4:43 pm

      I think it’s best to think of heaven and hell as states of being rather than eternal states. Check out my podcasts on the topics if you like. https://anchorpoint.org/podcast-2/. But the bottom line is that you have been in a lot of pain for a long time. Choose Jesus! That sounds trite, I know. Dianne, I have known you long enough to wonder if part of your fight with depression may be physical, not just spiritual and emotional. Have you considered consulting a good Psychiatrist. There is no shame in it. The brain, like every other human organ, can benefit from professional help. I’m mainly just sorry to hear that you continue to suffer. And P.S. When we were in Sebastopol we were staying very close to Hessel Church. Glad you found them!

      • Dianne on January 22, 2018 at 8:16 pm

        I have seen no less than 7 psychiatrists. Most of them just want to give me pills, which happen to make me suicidal. I’m greatly not impressed. Maybe I just need a good friend, eh? I’m sure I don’t need more pills. Like Job, I just need some quality friends. But Job didn’t have any and neither do I. Job eventually got double back and maybe so will I. But Job really struggled until he heard from God personally and probably so will I. Job had no clue of his part in the grand scheme of things and neither do I. I’m just waiting.

        • Maury on January 23, 2018 at 5:47 pm

          Thanks, Dianne. And I’m praying for you. I admire your courage. Sometimes just holding on is very hard.

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