«Laziness cabs one into a deep sleep, and an idle person will suffer hunger» (Proverbs 19:15).
Jesus told a parable to teach about perseverance in Luke 18:1-8. There was once a widow who had a big obstacle to solving a legal problem: the judge. This man did not love God or respect men.
What hope did she have of him doing her any justice? Actually, not much. In an. centimes, a widow used to be one of the most helpless people in society, particularly if she had no children to defend her rights, as it seems to be the case with the widow in this parable. Moreover, she does not even have the financial resources to bribe civilian authority and soften his hard heart.
It is evident that the widow’s husband had left her a property, probably mortgaged, but someone refused to return it to her within the time indicated by Hebrew legislation (Leviticus 25:23-25). Having no one to defend her cause, she was completely dependent on the mercy of the judge. But the official ignored her repeatedly. Perhaps the best thing this woman could do was to resign herself to her situation. But she did not, and she insisted to the judge: «Get justice for me from my adversary!» A few months passed and the judge, after ignoring her all that time and realizing that the widow would not be discouraged, gave her what she asked for.
Perseverance always produces results. Some results are better than others. The interesting thing is that this parable tries to encourage prayer in the time of the end and to prevent form becoming discouraged (Luke 18:1). Perseverance is one of the great qualities of believers in the last days of the history of this world. The Lord makes a lot of emphasis on the fact that we must learn not to give up our projects, especially those that have to do with the building of our character. Therefore, Ellen White says: «Labor in perseverance, in tenderness, compassion, prayerfulness, and love will do more than sermons»—That I May Know Him, p. 330.
It is very important to define who we are in order to recognize exactly what we have in life and what we can count on, just as the widow did. It doesn’t matter if it is a little or nothing, it is necessary to start from something real. If you are like the widow, who had to fend for herself to reach her goals, you will be able to achieve success, because it is essential that you have your goals well defined in order to achieve them.
Today ask the Lord to help you discover what you can count on in this life and how far you want to go. He can give an incredible path to your existence.