Sunday"s Thought of the Day
“Jesus went away from there and withdrew to the district of Tyre and Sidon. And behold, a Canaanite woman from that region came out and cried, “Have mercy on me, O Lord, Son of David; my daughter is severely possessed by a demon”. But He did not answer her a word. And His disciples came and begged Him, saying, “Send her away, for she is crying after us”. He answered, I was sent only to the lost sheep of the house of Israel”. But she came and knelt before Him, saying, Lord, help me”. And He answered, “It is not fair to take the children’s bread and throw it to the dogs?” She said, “Yes, Lord, yet even the dogs eat crumbs that fall from their masters’ table.” Then Jesus answered her, “O woman, great is your faith! Be it done for you as you desire.” And her daughter was healed instantly.
Very interesting passage. This took place outside of the area Jesus did not normally minister in, and is now present-day Lebanon. This woman was not Jewish, but a Gentile. Jesus tested her in the beginning when He basically ignored her; He was testing her faith. When she addressed Jesus as “Lord, Son of David”, she was acknowledging Jesus as the Christ who would bring healing and salvation. She persisted in asking for healing of her possessed daughter, and Jesus again tested her when he said, “I was sent only to the lost sheep of the house of Israel”. She remained steadfast when she pleaded, “Lord, help me”. One last time Jesus tested her when He said, “It is not fair to take the children’s bread and throw it to the dogs.” Through His insult of her, Jesus was stating clearly that He had come for the lost sheep of Israel first. Again, He was testing her. Her answer to Jesus showed her total faith and submission; her persistence paid off. Sisters and brothers, do you ever feel that Jesus is ignoring you? Maybe He does not answer your request as fast as you want. Maybe you are asking for the wrong blessing. When we are tested, we grow stronger. When we have to work hard for something, we appreciate it more. Such it is with our relationship with our Triune God. Don’t give up and don’t get discouraged. He is there for you.
LORD Jesus, may I pursue Your graces with the indomitable fervor of the woman in this passage. Let nothing stand between You and me. Let my faith and trust in You be the strength that gets me through all situations. Triune God, be my all. AMEN