Today’s Reading: Matthew 15
Key Verses: “Leaving that place, Jesus withdrew to the region of Tyre and Sidon. A Canaanite woman from that vicinity came to him, crying out, “Lord, Son of David, have mercy on me! My daughter is demon-possessed and suffering terribly.” Jesus did not answer a word. So his disciples came to him and urged him, “Send her away, for she keeps crying out after us.”He answered, “I was sent only to the lost sheep of Israel.”
The woman came and knelt before him. “Lord, help me!” she said.
He replied, “It is not right to take the children’s bread and toss it to the dogs.”
“Yes it is, Lord,” she said. “Even the dogs eat the crumbs that fall from their master’s table.”
Then Jesus said to her, “Woman, you have great faith! Your request is granted.” And her daughter was healed at that moment. Matthew 15:21-28
Most of us have experienced the following. We are in a rush so we decided to go and get some lunch from a fast-food drive-through. We make all the orders, pay for all the food then, as we get to the window for pick-up, everything is there, except our order. We are then told to pull up and park and they will bring it out to us. We end up waiting for our ‘fast’ food.
Waiting is a part of life. We wait to see the doctor, to get our phone call answer and to watch our favourite TV show. Most of us hate waiting!
What about when God is slow in responding to a prayer we’ve prayed? What do you do when you have to wait on God? Certainly, the Bible says ‘wait on the Lord’ Psalm 27:14. It’s easy to say when you are not the one waiting, but tell someone who is desperate to wait and the task is not easy.
In today’s reading, when the women spoke to Jesus, He remained silent – What do you do When God puts you on hold? When everyone you know seemingly has received an answer, but now you’ve been left waiting? Keep on trusting in Jesus!
You’ve got to keep on trusting in the God who has always been faithful. God has never been unfaithful and never not wanted the best for your life!
This woman didn’t immediately get an answer from Jesus. Does that mean Jesus was uncaring and unconcerned? Absolutely, not! The woman of Canaan did not walk away. She kept on trusting in Jesus and calling out to him. She believed Jesus would eventually speak to her. That’s also what we have got to do.
Her honesty produced a miracle, for Jesus, recognising the sincerity of her appeal, said in Matthew 15:28 “Woman, you have great faith! Your request is granted.” And her daughter was healed at that moment.” It is hard to wait, but have faith, God will answer you in his perfect timing.