THURSDAY, MAY 23
Scripture: Luke 18:1-7
Luke 18:1-7 says, “Then He spoke a parable to them, that men always ought to pray and not lose heart, 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?’” Isn’t it interesting that the way we give place to wrath is to ask God to do the avenging? It is an issue of prayer. We are to pray and not lose heart. So this widow suffered an injustice. She went to the judge and asked him to rectify the injustice. The judge said no. Finally she began to pray, “Avenge me of my adversary.” The issue of this prayer is to not give up and not quit. The way we give place to wrath is that we ask God for covenant justice and covenant recompense. That is the principle upon which we ask. As we continue to ask for covenant recompense, God hears us, moves into action and He does it. What we are told in Romans was not to avenge ourselves. We are told to give place to wrath, or ask and pray for justice. We ask for a covenant manifestation of justice even if it means the wrath of God on an individual. Our job is to ask for biblical justice. It is our job. The way we give place to wrath is to ask God for covenant justice. The words for avenge are identical. It makes it obvious that to give place to wrath is to ask God for covenant justice. Anything less is not giving place to wrath. Give place to wrath, create a path!