Devotional Guide, Today’s Reading Tuesday, July 16, 2019

Theme: SOME PARABLES OF OUR LORD AND SAVIOUR JESUS CHRIST

Text: “And shall not God avenge his own elect, which cry day and night unto him, though he bear long with them?” – Luke 18:7.

Comment: Anyone who wants his or her desires to be accomplished by God must exercise the virtue of patience.  If one temptation or trouble comes upon the heels of another, and a train of them is drawn upon a Christian, patience is an indispensable requirement for such believer to gain triumph over the adversary and have his or her end crowned with victory by the grace of God.

In the parable of the importunate widow as told by our Master, a judge “which feared not God, neither regarded man” was moved by the persistent visits of a widow to grant her request.  True, the judge personally attested to the fact that he lacked the fear of God but the point being advanced by our Saviour is that he in his sinful nature could still go out of his way to assist the woman.  In contrast, “the Judge of all the earth” Whom we serve is “perfect… a God of truth and without iniquity, just and right is he” (Deuteronomy 32:4).  During His famous Sermon on the Mount, Jesus Christ said: “Or what man is there of you, whom if his son ask bread, will he give him a stone? If ye then, being evil, know how to give good gifts unto your children, how much more shall your Father which is in heaven give good things to them that ask him?” – Matthew 7:9,11.

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