Thursday, 27 August 2015

TESTING YOUR FAITH

STORY
Matthew 15:21-28 NKJV

 21 Then Jesus went out from there and departed to the region of Tyre and Sidon.
 22 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.”
 23 But He answered her not a word. And His disciples came and urged Him, saying, “Send her away, for she cries out after us.”
 24 But He answered and said, “I was not sent except to the lost sheep of the house of Israel.
 25 Then she came and worshiped Him, saying, “Lord, help me!”
 26 But He answered and said, “It is not good to take the children’s bread and throw it to the little dogs.
 27 And she said, “Yes, Lord, yet even the little dogs eat the crumbs which fall from their masters’ table.
 28 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.



Under the leadership of Joshua, the children of Israel possessed the land of Canaan, since that time there has not been a good relationship between the two tribes. The children of Israel look down on the Canaanites, this can even been felt in the way Jesus responded to the Canaanite woman; “It is not good to take the children’s bread and throw it to the little dogs.”

The gospel of Jesus Christ is for all nations (Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit,
Matthew 28:19 NKJV), but when he was talking to the Canaan woman here, he was trying to test her faith by saying; “I was not sent except to the lost sheep of the house of Israel.” and then “It is not good to take the children’s bread and throw it to the little dogs.”

She knows that, it is only Jesus that can deliver her daughter, she has faith in Jesus and she was ready to accept whatever the Jew will say to her, just to make sure her daughter was delivered. When Jesus finally answered her, the answer she got was not pleasing, but she replied with faith just to convince Jesus that even the miracle from the Jews can also save her kindreds. (And she said, “Yes, Lord, yet even the little dogs eat the crumbs which fall from their masters’ table.”)



Sometimes we pray, sometimes we seek the face of the Lord especially when we are sinners and we are hoping to hear from the Lord like "oh son or oh daughter, your sins has been forgiven", but it seems the Lord does not have interest in our requests because He is silent. What do we do in that situation? Do we give up or we exercise faith?

 If the woman of Canaan didn't press further when Jesus was silent she wouldn't get an answer. When she finally got answer, the answer was not favourable to her, but she exercise the little faith in her and Jesus qualified her faith with the adjective "GREAT"

Press on My Brothers and My Sister, seek the face of the Lord today, if He's silent on you at first, He may just be testing your faith to know if you are really convinced that He's the saviour and you have truly forsaken your sins. If your faith come out strong after the test then you will experience the Lord in a great way just like the Canaanite Woman.


PRAYER
He is a loving God, full of Grace. May we experience the Love of God as we continue our Christian journey in Jesus Name.

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