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
When Jesus said, “Great is your faith!” it is interesting to see that she had two kinds of faith operating here at the same time. The first faith said, “Jesus can heal my daughter.” While the second, “He wants to heal my daughter.”.
Most of us when we are praying believe that God is able to grant our request. God’s ability is tied directly to His existence. If there is a God He is certainly able to do anything. But for us to have the great faith of this woman we must also pass in the dark testing so then we will know His true joy when the ray of hope breaks through
In spite of His silence she continued to believe that He was listening. In spite of the discouragement by His disciples she continued to ask. Finally in the face of seeming refusal she continued to believe that Jesus was truly willing to give her the help that she needed.
The source of our answer to our plea for grace is unfailing but it often lies at the bottom of the well of humility. Will you and me, like this woman accept grace on any terms. Will we be willing to take the lowest place possible? It is not that God is out to humiliate us but He is inviting us to a deeper fellowship with Him, who came as a servant of all!
Can God prepare a table in the wilderness? Psalm 78:19
Our friends the squirrels seem to think so!
Jesus said to him, “If you would be perfect, go, sell what you possess and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven; and come, follow me. Matthew 19:21
Our day will be changed if we begin to be thankful for some of those treasures. Here is my own personal thanksgiving list Please feel free to add to my list as it is in no way complete!
Eternal life – forgiveness of sin – Acceptance and adoption by the Father – – My name written in the Book of Life – God Himself wiping every tear from my eyes – Eating the fruit from the Tree of Life – Seeing Jesus face to face – Embracing my Dad, my friends, William, Quina, Rick , Pastor Joe and many more who are there waiting on the other shore – Drinking from the Crystal River – Hearing His Voice – Worshiping Him forever!
Enter his gates with thanksgiving, and his courts with praise! Give thanks to him; bless his name! Psalm 100:4
May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit. Romans 15:13
The best compass in any situation is the gentle direction of the true peace of God that comes from the True God of peace.
He leads me beside quiet waters He refreshes my soul. Psalm 23:2
In the middle of our busiest days God has a quiet stream prepared for us to lie down beside and rest…
Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will. Romans 12:2
Only by letting the sun shine all the way to the forest floor can we find the path God has marked out for today!
There is a road that leads from Winter into Spring
And waits the gentle time of flowers opening!
Look, the winter is past,
and the rains are over and gone.
The flowers are springing up,
the season of singing bird has come, Song 2:11-12