Matthew 15:21–28 (ESV)
The Faith of a Canaanite Woman
21 And Jesus went away from there and withdrew to the district of Tyre and Sidon. 22 And behold, a Canaanite woman from
that region came out and was crying, “Have mercy on me, O Lord, Son of David; my daughter is severely oppressed by a demon.” 23 But he did not answer her a word. And his disciples came and begged
him, saying, “Send her away, for she is crying out after us.” 24 He answered, “I was sent only to the lost sheep of the house of Israel.” 25 But
she came and knelt before him, saying, “Lord, help me.” 26 And he answered, “It is not right to take the children’s bread and throw it to the dogs.” 27 She
said, “Yes, Lord, yet even the dogs eat the crumbs that fall from their masters’ table.” 28 Then Jesus answered her, “O woman, great is your faith! Be it done for you as you desire.”
And her daughter was healed instantly.
Have you ever stopped to wonder about our
own actions? Would we be trying to shoo her away to save embarrassment or negative attention? Or would we be more like the woman? Do you think that maybe Jesus is using this situation to teach the disciples about faith? This woman has
great faith and will not leave Jesus alone. She knows that He is her hope. She also knows his mercy. She is not trying to take away from what is the Jews, she simply wants some of the unwanted mercy for her daughter. You might say,
not to throw away the discarded mercy, but to recycle the discarded mercy. Would we have simply turned around and walked away?
I pray: Lord, sometimes I have not because I ask not. Move me to pray with confidence. Amen.