“Jesus was telling them a parable about their need to pray continuously and not to be discouraged.” – Luke 18:1
A thousand times I repent of my previous words, spoken in haste and without understanding, of what an international worker goes through and really does with their time until I became one. All our journeys are different with WorldVenture. Some are learning new cultures, experiencing a loss of roots, and learning to adapt to a new normal, and here I am, pioneering a new way, meeting doubt head on, and completely growing in faith.
In today’s Bible reading (Genesis 44-46), I learned about Joseph and his brothers. Joseph was betrayed by his brothers and sent to Egypt. Genesis 44-46 talks about Joseph reuniting with his brothers. Joseph is one of my favorite Bible narratives. After much trial, he stands in a position of power to help his family and the countries around him going through famine. Joseph kept his faith. In Luke 18, we learn about Jesus’ encounters and a parable, starting and ending with the theme of praying continuously and living in obedience. The blind man asked Jesus twice to heal him. A rich man was asked to give up his wealth. The faith of a broken man is compared to that of a prideful one. The glaring theme of this chapter felt like, “Keep pestering God. Don’t cling to the world. Keep looking up to the Father.” How do you never give up when a future is uncertain, even unwritten?
- Refresh your spirit in the Words of the Bible.
- Find joy and hope in today and hold on to those memories for tougher and more impassable roads.
- Keep your eyes on the bigger picture. It’s the bigger picture that matters. God doesn’t think small. Neither should you!
- Keep wise counsel around you (Proverbs 15:22)
- Understand better the Christian faith through the narratives of the Old and New Testament. Bear your cross well.
Meanwhile, I look ahead with eagerness and walk the road I am on now with determination fueled by a growing faith.
How are you today? Can I pray with you? You can email me at firstname.lastname@example.org or leave a comment.