“And the Lord said, ‘Hear what the unrighteous judge says. And will not God give justice to his elect, who cry to him day and night? Will he delay long over them? I tell you, he will give justice to them speedily. Nevertheless, when the Son of Man comes, will he find faith on earth?'” – Luke 18:6-8
The question Jesus asks: “When the Son of Man comes, will he find faith on earth?” has always had me thinking. Would it be possible for Him to return and there be no one found faithful?
With the recent persecution of the 21 “followers of the cross” from Eqypt, it’s got me thinking about faithfulness and steadfastness.
These 21 brothers were faithful to the end. Even to their last breath.
It’s recorded that their last words were: Ya Rab Yeshua (My Lord Jesus).
What an inspiration. But also, what a challenge.
This really hit home for me today.
It’s easy in our day to give up on something, especially when something isn’t going our way.
- That situation that’s too hard to persevere through? Just give up and do something else.
- Marriage not working out as you wanted? Get a cheap divorce for $99.
- A church not meeting your expectations? Find another one, or better yet, just not be a part of a church at all.
- That human being growing in your belly too much of an unwanted burden? Just abort it.
- Did God not perform as you expected Him to? Just stop believing.
I completely understand that with some of the above scenarios there are situations that are valid and biblical for moving on. But it seems we too quickly look for the exit when we, as believers, have been called to faithfulness and steadfastness.
What we don’t realize, a lot of the time, it’s not the circumstance that needs to change, but rather, us. We are the ones that are impatient. We are the ones that are selfish. We are the ones that want satisfaction NOW.
Yet, patience, faithfulness and self-control are all fruit of the Spirit that should be being produced in our lives.
When we set our face as flint and, by grace, determine to do the will of the Lord, even in the tough seasons, we will find ourselves being transformed. We can miss out on God doing heart surgery on us when we give up too quickly, thinking it will be too hard. We end up negating the opportunities to see fruit produced in our lives.
I’ve been there, probably too many times to count. Wanting to give up on something. Wanting to find the easy way out. Wanting to just go for the new, because the old isn’t working out as I wanted it to.
But I can’t. I mustn’t. I won’t.
Being fickle is easy. Being faithful is hard. And may even cost me my life.
Like the 21 and like Jesus, I want to be found faithful.