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.)
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?”
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?
How long, O Lord?
Will You hide Yourself forever?
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.
“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!