MAY 19 - Proverbs 19 and Luke 18:1-5

MAY 19 - PROVERBS 19:8 and LUKE 18:1-5
By: Darrelyn L. Tutt

"He that getteth wisdom loveth his own soul; he that keepeth understanding shall find good."
Proverbs 19:8
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The Persevering Widow
"And He spoke a parable unto them to this end, that men ought always to pray, and not to faint; saying, 'There was in a city a judge, which feared not God, neither regarded man: And there was a widow in that city; and she came unto him, saying, Avenge me of mine adversary. And he would not for awhile: but afterward he said within himself, Though I fear not God nor regard man; Yet because this widow troubleth me, I will avenge her, lest by her continual coming she weary me.'"
Luke 18:1-5
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Illustration with 19 - The #1 is a stick woman (widow) turned toward the right with curly hair and tears falling and touching a massive robe before her. The #9 (regular 9) is perfectly suited as a big headed stick man (judge) looking at the woman with a frown on his face; a big robe flows from his neck and down the slant before and behind him. I create a small crude platform with a gavel in his hand between him and the widow. This illustration reminds me of two words from our Proverb: Get and Keep which suggest endurance in the obtaining and maintaining of wisdom. The judge responds favorably, though not cheerfully, to the widow's enduring pleas ... and thus the righteous Judge shall do wondrously better.
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Don't give up.
Don't stop short.
Don't quit.
What is most worthy in this life, of acquiring and holding on to, requires applied discipline in a long direction.
Wisdom and understanding are attainable virtues put forth before each of us ... but they are not easily got nor are they easily kept; these attributes are induced upon heavy incubation periods of constancy, commitment, diligence and earnest endeavor. Establishment of these attributes requires nearness to Christ and a dedicated resolve that, come what may, His nearness matters more than anything. 
Within the confines of one's walk with Christ lie the keys to wisdom and understanding ... and within the precious word of God and the abiding Spirit of God lie the truths of maintaining them.
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Like a widow who finds herself bereaved of her husband and without any familiar defense to be relied upon ... she goes to the highest seat of office and presents her plea and plight, day and night, to one she knows has the means to adjust her case.
Unapologetically and with unrelenting "let-up" the neighbors watch the little black shawled widow make her determined walk to the Judge. She's not looking for anyone's permission and she's not requesting anyone's presence ... she's just doing it.
Day after day with all the odds against her and difficult conditions surrounding her, this unorthodox "woman" resolves that mourning and pining are going to be replaced with a meaningful, hopeful resolve towards a desired end and she goes after it ... and she gets it.
Think she's surprised?
Doubtful.
She knew the Judge and the Judge knew her.
Ponder this ... it's powerful.
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The black-shawled widow is the "force" behind today's inspiration.
Don't give up.
Don't stop short.
Don't quit.
Beg, plead, and stay your course with God on the weighty matters residing within your soul and you will be amply rewarded with wisdom and understanding that exceed your comprehension.
The righteous Judge, unlike the earthly judge, does not grow tired, weary, or irritable by the little unorthodox individuals who persist in their walk with Him and make request of Him.
He honors them.
Wisdom and understanding are worthy attainments to seek after;
Stay constant with the One who can provide them for you.
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Give me the passion, persistence, and pursuit, Great Judge and Eternal Father, of the black-shawled widow this day. Let me overcome adversity and adversary through steady reliance and dependence upon You. Grant me courage and bravery to walk forthrightly toward You, confident that each step I take, is being energized by a wisdom and understanding emanating from You.
You are my Judge.
You are my Lawgiver.
You are my Righteous One.
In Your name and by Your name I stand.
Amen.
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THREE SUGGESTIONS:
1) The very fact that you're here tells me you have a little bit of "unorthodox" inside of you.
Persist in your desire for wisdom and understanding and plead with God to form these virtues in you.
2) Shoulder up to individuals who are pressing in and pressing on through their adversity and see what it does for your own personal journey in providing you with "endurance" qualities.
3) Don't give up. Don't stop short. Don't quit.
Wisdom and understanding will be provided you.