I heard a girl asking advice of a friend, should she call and leave another message for her love interest, having called twice, would three make her seem desperate; A man told me he had called several times and I hadn’t answered, I asked him how many times he would have called, his answer was quick, “Until you answered”; I was in deep thought, concentrating on something I needed to do, when I realized that my name was being called, over and over, by my grandson, he would have called, almost without taking a breath, until I looked up; The dog stands at the door and yaps continuously until she is finally heard and let back into the cool retreat of the house; A bill collector had gotten my number, by mistake, and wouldn’t believe he had the wrong number, I finally had his number blocked, he wouldn’t have quit because the bill hadn’t been paid; I remember one day I was sitting at my computer and heard my dad scream my name, it startled me so that I ran as fast as I could up fourteen steps fully expecting to see him laying on the floor with blood gushing from some orifice. What was wrong? Nothing, he was sitting in his chair and when his normal calls hadn’t brought me forth he had amped it up a notch, sure enough I came running! We are willing to call the doctor’s office, the school office, the pastor’s office until we get a satisfactory answer, yet when it comes to calling God, so often, we pray and when the answer isn’t instant, like mashed potatoes reconstituted by hot water, we want to give up, say that He didn’t hear.
Luke 18:1-8 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!’ “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.’ “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?” It makes me ashamed to think what the answer to that last question would be; will He find faith when He returns?
Psalm 27:13 I had fainted unless I had believed to see the goodness of the Lord in the land of the living.
Jonah 2:7 When my soul fainted within me, I remembered the LORD; and my prayer went up to You, Into Your holy temple.
Psalm 27:14 Wait on the LORD; Be of good courage, and He shall strengthen your heart; Wait, I say, on the LORD!
Jeremiah 33:3This is God’s Message, ‘Call to me and I will answer you. I’ll tell you marvelous and wondrous things that you could never figure out on your own.’
What am I saying here tonight? Luke 21:19 says it all, “In your patience possess ye your souls.”