I have had a scripture on my mind for a couple days; it is found in Luke 18. Let me share the passage of scripture with you.
Then He spoke a parable to them, that men always ought to pray and not faint, saying: “There was in a certain city a judge who did not fear God nor regard man.
Now there was a widow in that city; and she came to him, saying, ‘Get justice for me from my adversary.’ And he would not for a while; but afterward he said within himself, ‘Though I do not fear God nor regard man, yet because this widow troubles me I will avenge her, lest by her continual coming she weary me.’ ” Then the Lord said, “Hear what the unjust judge said. And shall God not avenge His own elect who cry out day and night to Him, though He bears long with them? I tell you that He will avenge them speedily. Nevertheless, when the Son of Man comes, will He really find faith on the earth?”
The portion of this scripture that I can’t get off my mind is ‘when the Son of Man returns will he find faith on the earth.’
As I studied this scripture I found that Jesus isn’t talking about just any kind of faith, but a specific kind of faith. To find that kind of faith, we have to first know what faith he is talking about. The beginning of this scripture reference says we should to pray and not faint. That word ‘faint’ means to be utterly spiritless, to be wearied out and to be exhausted. Have you ever felt that way?
Therefore we see that Jesus will be looking for a faith that is not exhausted or weary but a faith that is full of passion and steadfast. He is looking for a persistent faith. The word persistent means to have continual effort, to hold on with a bulldog grip and to be in steady pursuit of.
Think about it, this woman, the widow whom Jesus was referring to, would not give up. She cried out day and night, she refused to become weary, she refused to take no for an answer, day after day she was in continual pursuit of justice. And she got it.
That is the type of faith Jesus is looking for. So many people begin their Christian walk with great faith yet after many trials and tests they often find they don’t have the same faith they once did. They find they are spiritually exhausted and weary beyond words.
If the Son of man returned this very moment, what would he find in you? Would he find a persistent faith that refused to give up? Would he find you weary and exhausted? Or would he find you crying out day and night for justice, refusing to give up? Which would he find?
I know it is a hard question and I know that at times it is very difficult to maintain that kind of faith in the midst of difficult times, however, if that is the kind of faith Jesus is looking for then that is the kind of faith we need to have.
If it were possible for the woman in this scripture to have that kind of faith, then it is highly possible for us who have the Holy Spirit as our Helper and Jesus living on the inside of us. You and I can have this kind of faith that Jesus is looking for, persistent faith; the kind of faith that God will answer speedily, the kind of faith that cries out day and night, refusing to become weary.
Today I encourage you to look in your heart and see what kind of faith Jesus would find in you. If it is not the faith he is looking for then you can change it and obtain persistent faith. I shared with you yesterday the keys to becoming steadfast in God, use those keys. Ask God to cause you to continually have the kind of faith that Jesus is looking for, ask him to develop that faith in you beginning today. I know it is not easy, but it IS the faith that pleases the Father and it IS the faith Jesus will be looking for when he returns therefore we can settle for nothing less.
Let’s conclude with looking at this scripture in the Amplified Bible. It says; However, when the Son of Man comes, will He find persistence in faith on the earth? May God find persistent faith in you and I today!