“Will not God grant justice to His elect who cry out to Him day and night? Will He delay to help them?”
Will God grant justice to those who call out to Him day and night? The answer is an unequivocal YES! So important is justice and the righting of wrongs to God that He sent His beloved and only Son, to suffer and die so that justice might be served and we might be saved. No greater love and no greater justice have ever been known. Jesus tells this parable recognising we are so often prone to doubt – especially during times of trial and suffering.
C.S. Lewis said: "We have to be continually reminded of what we believe ... It must be fed... if you examined a hundred people who had lost their faith... I wonder how many of them would turn out to have been reasoned out of it by honest argument? Do not most people simply drift away?"
Often, during difficult times in our lives, we allow doubt to creep in. Instead of drawing closer to God we can drift away. Jesus gives clear guidance here: we must cry out to Him day and night. Our faith is built on relationship with Jesus, so we must draw as close to Him as possible. To do this we must pray persistently.
We belong to a loving and just God. When we come to God in prayer seeking justice, we should first remember His great love for us and the enormous price paid for the forgiveness of our sins. Unlike the indifferent judge of Luke 18, God is our father who loves us as well as being our judge. We are called His ‘elect’ because we have been chosen to become part of His family and been forgiven of our own wrongdoing.
Tell God how you really feel. We only have to look to the Psalms to see prayers that are born from times of distress and trouble. They are honest and unashamed cries for help, comfort and rescue. The psalmists know that it is futile to hide true feelings from God. Instead of grumbling about God, as a person might grumble behind a friend’s back, go to God with your complaints.
Luke 18:7 gives us permission and encourages us to go to God with everything. Describe exactly how you feel, who and what is making you feel this way and what you want God to do about it. Are you asking yourself if God will give you justice? Has doubt crept in? Tell Him about it!
Our verse today asks "Will He delay to help them?"
When you feel like God is not answering as quickly as you would like - Jesus asks you to pray more! Do not give up!
How can we serve God in this context? God is with us – listening, acting, and intervening – day and night. Call out to Him always, His timing is perfect. Though it sometimes feels He is slow to answer, He hears us and promises to help.
However, are there things that we put off and delay, thus keeping God waiting? What has God been prompting you to do or change? Have you acted on the nudging yet? Pray God reveals to you what you can do for Him and commit to act as soon as possible.
God’s plan may be to use you to answer another person’s prayer who has been patiently waiting. Ask God if you might be used for the rescue of someone in need. We are members of the body of Christ (1 Corinthians 12). God asks us to be his hands and to reveal his heart to others. God is not invisible when we perform acts of love and service in His name. He is not silent when we are brave enough to speak the words of love and healing He put on our hearts and when we speak His name in broken and dark places.