Luke 19:4 (KJV) 4 And he ran before, and climbed up into a sycomore tree to see him: for he was to pass that way.
Zacchaeus’ smallness didn’t deter him from seeing Jesus. He found a way. He used his mind; He used his legs; he used his strength; he used time; he used the tree; he used knowledge available.
There’s no greater desire and sight than Jesus—wanting Him, “seeing” Him, “finding” Him, knowing Him. And I love the fact that there’s nothing that can stop us from having a personal, loving, saving experience and relationship with Him. There are challenges; there are hurdles; there are deterrents, but God has given us everything we need for life and godliness—especially everything needed for our salvation.
Dear God, thank You for doing everything You can do to save us—even “passing” this earth-way through the person of Your precious Son—our Lord Jesus Who so lovingly and willingly gave His life for us to redeem us from our old, past, lost lives. Help us not to find excuses but to find ways so we will continue drawing nearer to You and experiencing all the glorious changes and blessings of being more intimate with You and being more like You.
Jeremiah 42:7 (KJV) 7 And it came to pass after ten days, that the word of the Lord came unto Jeremiah.
God is under no obligation to respond to us right away.
God is sovereign even in relation to our prayers, petitions and questions. This doesn’t mean though that there are times when He’s unaware of our situations; He’s fully aware about everything we and everyone else is going through. He’s aware of everything going on—at all times.
But He’s perfect in His timing as well—always. He knows how, when, and where to grant us what we’re asking for, whether they be ideas, or things. Let’s not take His seeming and momentary silence personally. His silence doesn’t necessarily mean it’s because there’s something wrong in us. It’s not apathy in His part or sin on our part.
We trust Him. His people live in faith. Faith includes patience, perseverance, and persistence.
Luke 18:7 (KJV) 7And shall not God avenge his own elect, which cry day and night unto him, though he bear long with them?
Praise God; He is just and He loves His people. He listens to His children when they pray, and He responds to their prayers. He answers right away, and His answers vary. There are times when He says yes, right now; there are times when He says yes, wait; there are times when He says yes, but you need to keep knocking; there are times when He says no, point blank; there are times when He says no, I’ll give you something better. Whatever His response is; we’re sure it’s the best, and it’s for our best.
Clearly, when it comes to justice, our precious Lord Jesus is very clear that it’s our Father’s desire that we’ll be vindicated against those who treat us unjustly. We may have many and different reasons why He designed it in such a way that we ought to pray. God sovereignly pours out innumerable blessings we don’t pray for; we’re not even aware about many of them. But there are some things we pray for; there are some things we pray for—persistently. Interestingly, God sees and values our persistence; God responds favorably when we don’t give up; He grants us justice, and He does it quickly.
This is easy to understand because our God—the One true God—is just; He can’t act inconsistent to that. Our Lord Jesus pointed out that even judges who don’t fear God take action as a response to a person who persistently bugs them. How much more Him? He assures us; He will avenge us. The condition: we cry day and night to Him. When we do; justice comes fast. Obviously, praying for justice is a godly thing to do. This is a call to us as believers. Our life is about faith. We live by faith; not by sight, or feeling, or situations. When He comes, He will be pleased to see His children’s life of faith. And one of faith-life’s greatest expressions is persistence in prayer, especially regarding justice. Yes, we are at times treated unjustly; yes, we don’t take vengeance, but yes, we pray for justice—persistently.