I saw Avengers: Infinity War this weekend with my kids. I am not a huge fan of this genre. I liked Iron Man because I liked Robert Downey Jr. Guardians of the Galaxy movies are hysterical and play 80s music. I loved Wonder Woman (However, I was informed, with eyes rolling, that she is from DC Comics not Marvel.) As I get up to speed on comic books for my daughters’ sake, I decided I wanted to watch Dr. Strange. Benedict Cumberbatch that was the appeal. I must say, it was a good show and an intelligent show. Worth the watch.
One scene stood out to me that I wanted to blog about today. When the Ancient One refuses to train him, he literally stands at her door and knocks for over five hours. I immediately thought of the persistent widow in scripture. (Yes, my mind works this way.)
Luke 18:1-8 MSG from http://www.biblegateway.com
1-3 Jesus told them a story showing that it was necessary for them to pray consistently and never quit. He said, “There was once a judge in some city who never gave God a thought and cared nothing for people. A widow in that city kept after him: ‘My rights are being violated. Protect me!’
4-5 “He never gave her the time of day. But after this went on and on he said to himself, ‘I care nothing what God thinks, even less what people think. But because this widow won’t quit badgering me, I’d better do something and see that she gets justice—otherwise I’m going to end up beaten black-and-blue by her pounding.’”
6-8 Then the Master said, “Do you hear what that judge, corrupt as he is, is saying? So what makes you think God won’t step in and work justice for his chosen people, who continue to cry out for help? Won’t he stick up for them? I assure you, he will. He will not drag his feet. But how much of that kind of persistent faith will the Son of Man find on the earth when he returns?”
This woman keeps going to the judge demanding justice. Her persistence, as Dr. Strange’s, pays off. Dr. Strange does get let into the training program. This widow does get what she asked for. However, let’s look at the last few verses because those are the take-away from this passage. Verses 6-8 say that if someone who is corrupt steps in to help when we persist, God will do even more for us. When we cry out for help, God will stick up for us. He won’t drag His feet. Here is the tough part though – But how much of that kind of persistent faith will the Son of Man find on the earth when he returns?
Are you persistent with God? Not just for needs but for learning. Do you persist to read His word? Do you persist to pray? Do you persist in praise? Do you persist in sharing Him with others?
Persist means to continue firmly or obstinately in an opinion or a course of action in spite of difficulty, opposition, or failure.
When you feel like prayers aren’t answered, do you persist? When you miss your time with God four days in a row, do you rejoin him on the fifth day? When you find yourself complaining and whining then see a hummingbird, do you stop and praise God? You will fail in your pursuit of God but persistence means you get back on the path as soon as you can. You keep moving forward. Don’t let failure or difficulty or anything stop you.
Persist in your pursuit of God. It won’t give you super powers like Dr. Strange but it will give you the assurance of God’s love and the power to live the life He has planned for you. Let’s develop a persistent faith.
Dream Big! Pray Big!