Journal Entry ~ 11/23/17
Once upon a time, this Parable of the Persistent Widow was confusing to me. I didn't get the connection to me or to God, so rather than persist in an understanding, I would just pass over it. Parables aren't meant to be easily understood, though. Jesus taught in parables to separate the insincere from the sincere. He wanted to filter out those who were not serious about listening, but He also wanted to bring God’s truth to life in the hearts of those who heard and understood. They’re meant to draw the reader in to the story and challenge their world view. His intention was to capture our attention with a story about every day life and push us to think deeper about the meaning. If we want to understand the parables, we need to dedicate ourselves to making the connection between the point of the story and our own lives. He wants us to persist in our pursuit of understanding of His truths when we are reading His Word - to not give up so easily because it's difficult, and to pray for understanding when something in scripture is confusing. Our flesh may blind us from understanding on our own, but the Holy Spirit lives inside of us and will remove our blinders if we persist by asking Him to reveal the truth.