by Melissa Sharpe
I recently shared my truth that I currently feel both overwhelmed yet still somehow underwhelmed by life these days. The daily tasks still exist begging for my attention, yet the motivation to do them has me sensing a defeat I long to avoid. The moment I step outside the refuge that is our home, I face a world gone rogue. And the news of the day chaotic and foisted upon my senses leaving me nearly numb in my attempts to absorb it one moment at a time.
The weariness we are experiencing is most certainly not a new concept or unique to us alone. The world is weary, and just looking upon its history we can easily acknowledge the truth that each generation has fought its own battles. Thousands of years of generations with souls who have all felt both overwhelmed yet underwhelmed by the circumstances of life.
I am sure Jesus heard much of the same mumbling and grumbling when He walked the earth in the flesh as He does now by the gift that is the Spirit. Perhaps that is why Luke transcribed a particular story Christ shared with His people knowing it is a lesson that will forever live and breathe until He comes again.
Then Jesus used this story to teach his followers that they should always pray and never lose hope.
In a certain town there was a judge who did not respect God or care about people. In that same town there was a widow who kept coming to this judge, saying, ‘Give me my rights against my enemy.’ For a while the judge refused to help her. But afterwards, he thought to himself, ‘Even though I don’t respect God or care about people, I will see that she gets her rights. Otherwise, she will continue to bother me until I am worn out.’”
The Lord said, “Listen to what the unfair judge said. God will always give what is right to his people who cry to him night and day, and he will not be slow to answer them. I tell you, God will help his people quickly. But when the Son of Man comes again, will he find those on earth who believe in him?”
Luke 18:1-8 (NCV)
The world we live in is an unfair judge quick to shout its opinions upon us. One can find any article on the internet to defend or support any and all ideas; a mind may be swiftly manipulated to absorb another opinion as gospel. But His promise is clear: God will always give what is right to His people who cry to Him night and day so let us not lose hope.
Cry out to Him. Not mumble and grumble at Him. Our objective is to be led by God’s Holy Spirit seeking what is right and just when we feel overwhelmed yet underwhelmed by life, not to wear Him out with our grievances towards an unfair world. And when we do, He promises to help us … quickly.