Luke 18: Jesus wants us to realize that the world that we know it will soon come to a screeching halt when the Savior returns. In the meantime, like the widow, we meet scoundrels. In this parable, Jesus shows us two of them: the unjust judge and the scam artist who has bilked the widow out of her savings. As before with the parable of the unjust steward, the principle is to be shrewd when dealing with those who can and should assist us because the world is full of these unsavory characters. The judge understands his own character yet sees no need or desire to change and the scam artist thinks he has gotten away with the widow’s pension. But, it is her persistence that wins out in the end. She gets her reprieve and the scam artist gets his due.  The judge never changes his character.

So what is the point? The last line in the parable sums it up: will the Son of Man find faith when He returns. We say “huh?” God is looking for those who will use shrewdness but ultimately He wants us to come to Him who can change circumstances and people to help His chosen ones. The key is faith.  God is looking for those who will be like Joseph, faithful in and out of circumstances, EVEN when the answer is no, sometimes wait, and sometimes yes.

Beloved, you may be facing scoundrels. First be shrewd and patient. Secondly, persist in prayer. Thirdly, trust God even if God’s answering machine seems to be cluttered! He will answer in His perfect time with His perfect response.