Day #13 | The Perseverance of FaithPosted on January 24th, 2012.
Matthew 15:21-28 (NKJV)
Then Jesus went out from there and departed to the region of Tyre and Sidon. And behold, a woman of Canaan came from that region and cried out to Him, saying, “Have mercy on me, O Lord, Son of David! My daughter is severely demon-possessed.” But He answered her not a word. And His disciples came and urged Him, saying, “Send her away, for she cries out after us.” But He answered and said, “I was not sent except to the lost sheep of the house of Israel.” Then she came and worshiped Him, saying, “Lord, help me!” But He answered and said, “It is not good to take the children’s bread and throw it to the little dogs.” And she said, “Yes, Lord, yet even the little dogs eat the crumbs which fall from their masters’ table.” Then Jesus answered and said to her, “O woman, great is your faith! Let it be to you as you desire.” And her daughter was healed from that very hour.
Being in the right place at the right time is only great if you are able to take full advantage of it. Jesus was outside of Israel in the region of foreigners, yet He was known. His exploits transcended national borders. The Canaan woman recognized him. This was her big chance, her golden opportunity, but Jesus was not interested in her at all. He wouldn’t even talk to the woman. This woman, however, was persistent. She was determined and wouldn’t let go easily. Her daughter was at home in a fight for her life. She was demon possessed.
This woman was strategic. Sometimes you need to employ a new tactic when the one you are using doesn’t work. She turned her attention to the disciples. She was relentless. They begged Jesus to make her leave them alone. He told her that she was a foreigner and He was not there for her.
How many times has rejection or the fear of rejection stopped you? Think about it. This is not rejection from a out of touch loser, it’s Jesus himself. Time to go home? No chance. Come on, what are you asking God to do? Are you quitting before you get what you came for? She knew Jesus was not an answer. He was the only answer. Faith demands your perseverance through challenges. If you go into a job interview and they say, “we don’t hire women, or Asians, or Americans or whatever.” Is that it for you? Will you pack up and leave while doubting the character and promises of God? You shouldn’t. She didn’t. She worshiped, pleading with him to help her. He stayed firm, saying that it would not be proper to take the blessings of the children and give them to those barely worthy. It was just a test. He knew she had the faith for this miracle to happen in her house. So he opened a door and she ran through it by saying even the little dogs, the least of the family, eat the crumbs. Just a crumb is enough. His crumb was her daughters deliverance.
What have you given up on? You can be free from demonic influences in your life. All of them; fear, doubt, sexual addictions, abusive relationships, drug and alcohol abuse, you name it! Persevere through it by faith. God has better for you. Believe it and act accordingly.