Luke 18:1-14

Luke 18:1-14

God will hear us, and God will deal with us when we are humble before Him.We’ve yet to see the finished product of what God is creating. God started creating several thousand years ago just on this planet, and though He rested, He never stopped creating. He never stopped doing the work that He needs to do in the hearts and the minds of those that He’s created. He has interacted with man, and He has talked to man, and He has touched man throughout history, and His kingdom has existed on this planet in His presence always…

God has not lost control. His kingdom is in place, and He is doing exactly what He needs to do to work through history to accomplish a work of art that, once we’re done, when He’s finished with us, and then we get to stand with Him in eternity, we’ll step back and see all that He’s created, all that He’s accomplished, and where we saw a mess, then we’re going to see a masterpiece. A work that has been completed…

God is not an unjust judge. God is not an uncaring judge. God cares about every part of our life. Now, we can ask, “Well, why didn’t He answer my prayer? Why didn’t He take care of my need? Why did He allow me to go through that hard time?” Remember, He is making a piece of art. He is creating something that you have to put in each thread in its time. You can’t just throw fabric out on the table and expect it to all of a sudden come together and become a quilt…

You don’t just go and throw things out and expect immediate results, though we do. We, in our selfishness, forget that we are not the only people that God deals with on the face of this planet. And sometimes, He may put us in the circumstances that we’re in because He is using us in the lives of those that are around us… It’s not just about us.

Jesus does not want us to become discouraged. He wants us to know that we can continue and should continue to pray. We should continue to bring our requests before His Father. That we should continue to be diligent in asking for those things that are needs in our lives and in the lives of those that are around us…

You know what it is that Jesus is hoping to accomplish by allowing for us to go through these hard times. An increase in faith. Do you believe that God loves you? Do you believe that God cares about the things that you’re going through? Do you believe that God knows when hardships are in your life? Do you believe that? This is what Jesus is looking for. This is what He is hoping to return to: is men of faith…

The fact is, all of us are sinners. All of us have struggles in our life. All of us are surrounded by flesh that is rotting, that is decaying, and groaning, waiting to fall away so that the spirit inside can truly be released. What faith is it that Jesus is looking for, that He hopes He returns to? I believe it is the faith that is in a man’s heart that brings him to the place of saying, “God, forgive me, I’m no good, I can’t do it, and I know that You are the only One Who can…”

God will hear us, and God will deal with us when we are humble before Him, when we come to that place of realizing who we truly are. It’s okay to want to be a good person, but understand: the only way you’re going to be a good person, the only way I’m going to be a good person, is through the power of Jesus’s cleansing blood, through the involvement of His Holy Spirit in our life, through His love, through His character. Not mine. Not yours. It doesn’t happen with us.

Dave Elkins