Undying Resolve

by Carolyn Hope

Then Jesus told his disciples a parable to show them that they should always pray and not give up. He said: “In a certain town there was a judge who neither feared God nor cared about men. And there was a widow in that town who kept coming to him with the plea, ‘Grant me justice against my adversary.’ For some time he refused. But finally he said to himself, ‘Even though I don’t fear God or care about men, yet because this widow keeps bothering me,  I will see that she gets justice, so that she won’t eventually wear me out with her coming!’” (Luke 18:1-5)

In this passage from Luke, Jesus relays a story of a widow who had been wronged. Widows in Jesus’ time were typically poor and lonely, with no guarantee of outside support. Consequently, this widow most likely did not have the funds or means to provide for herself, much less pay for a fair hearing or sway the judge’s decision. All she had was her persistence. All she had was her resolve.

Day after day after day, this woman pursued her cause. She did not give up and she did not lose hope. I believe that in order to be so ardently persistent, she must have woken up each morning thinking, ‘Today will be the day he gives me justice.’

It was, in essence, a battle of the will. Who would give out first? We see that the widow won her case because the judge got tired of seeing her face. As stubborn as he was, he was no match for her undying resolve. He knew that she would not stop coming until he relented.

When you have nothing else to give, you have resolve. When it feels like you have no choice, you can still choose persistence. No matter how long it takes or how impossible it seems, don’t stop fighting. Your cause, your call, and your life are worth a continual pursuit. Be persistent in your resolve. Don’t let go and don’t back down. You will be victorious. If what you’re facing comes down to a battle of the will, be the one whose will doesn’t die. Be a person of undying resolve. You will succeed when you refuse to take no for an answer.

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Resolved

by Carolyn Hope

Happy New Year! Welcome to a new calendar, a new day, and perhaps a new season. 2017 has ended and 2018 begins.

At the start of every year, many people draft up their New Year’s Resolutions. Some will keep them; others will not. New Year’s Resolutions are great in theory, but in practice can be very difficult. Nevertheless, there are those who keep such resolutions, and the reason they do so is that they are resolved.

To resolve can be defined as, “to settle” or “to determine.” It means making a decision and not turning back from it. This week, I’d like to show you part of what it means to live in such a way. There are many characters in Scripture who exhibited great resolve in their lives. Through a few of them, I want to highlight some different angles and aspects of what resolve is. Resolve is undying, defiant, and diligent. It refuses to give up or back down, no matter the cost.

You may have struggled with keeping a New Year’s Resolution (I certainly have), but I want to encourage you that you can live resolved. If there is one thing you should be resolved to, it is following wholeheartedly after Jesus. He will never lead you astray, and He will empower you to live determined all the days of your life.

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