Written By: Terrica Mitchell
Scripture Reading: Matthew 15:21-28
When it came to protecting her daughter, the Canaanite woman would not take ‘no’ for an answer. She did not allow her origin nor her beliefs to limit her. The thought of her not being a Jew or not being good enough never crossed her mind. Her focus did not include her failures nor her shortcomings, but instead what she could achieve if she remained persistent. This woman knew that in order to accomplish her desire, she had to be intentional, determined, resilient and consistent.
The Canaanite woman desperately searched for the deliverance of her daughter as she cried out, “Have mercy on me, O Lord, King David’s Son! For my daughter has a demon within her, and it torments her constantly.” As the saying goes, desperate times call for desperate measures. But she was a Gentile, a people who were considered pagan and unclean according to the Jews. Knowing how society perceived her, she refused to let that stand in her way. Her determination to save her daughter pushed her through the embarrassment and rejection. “Tell her to get going,” they yelled, “for she is bothering us with all of her begging.” Fully aware of His mission, Jesus told the woman, “I was sent to help the lost sheep of Israel-not the Gentiles.” With this response from Jesus, the Canaanite woman became even more resilient. She fell to her knees to worship Him and pleaded, “Sir, help me!” At that very moment, she created an altar demanding the Master’s full attention. Jesus replied to her saying, “It doesn’t seem right to take bread from the children and throw it to dogs.” This was the perfect moment for her to get offended. Instead, she was unbothered and continued to show her faith. “Yes it is! For even the puppies beneath the table are permitted to eat the crumbs that fall.” Impressed with her faith, Jesus granted her request and immediately healed her daughter.
The Canaanite woman did not need the whole loaf to be satisfied. A crumb the size of a mustard seed would do it. It was almost as if she knew the scriptures in Matthew 9:29, “According to your faith be it unto you.” Matthew 7:7, “Ask and you shall receive.” And Mark 9:23, “If you can believe, all things are possible to him who believes.”
Just like this woman, there are times in life when we become frustrated, tired and desperate. During these times we should step out of our comfort zones and make our requests known unto God. It does not matter how big or small it might be, or even how long we have been waiting for our breakthrough. The key is to push through, remain persistent, and believe God will help us. We must remain in pursuit of our vision.
Is there a request you need to bring back to the Lord?
Ask Him to give you the strength to pursue His heart for it and to be bold!