Week of March 23, 2015
Heaven on Earth Greetings.
All through the month of March, we have been examining the subject of FAITH. Today, our subject will be “the Faith that Works”.
In Mark 7:25-30 and Mathew 15:21-28, there is an account of Jesus on a retreat with his disciples. While there, a woman learned that He was in the area, and approached him for help.
Mark’s account introduces this meeting with a powerful adversative conjunction, “but,” suggesting that in contrast to the need for solitude, a remarkable scene was unexpectedly developing. (Read Mathew 15:22-28)
Distressed and weighed down with care and a burden that many mothers can relate to, the woman in this Bible story came to Jesus with a cry for mercy. Her persistence was so intrusive that the disciples encouraged Him to send her away. (Mathew 15:23)
When Jesus explained to her that redemptive priority was first for the Jews and that it was improper to “take the children’s bread and cast it to the dogs”, that woman had a choice to have perceived His response as being intolerant, racially slurred, unkind, and maybe offensive but she did not. Rather, her response evidenced great faith on her part and Jesus evaluated her as a “woman of great faith”.
This Syrophoenician proved that great faith endures. Her resilience reminds us all to always pray and never give up. She exemplified that great faith in God will always produce great results and that anyone can come to God and find mercy – anyone at all.(Matthew 11:28)
Is there a seemingly impossible situation in your life that has defied all solutions? It is time to trust in the abilities of God (Ephesians 3:20) and engage with Him in faith until your miracle is delivered to you.
You are next in line for a testimony. . . . be it unto you according to your faith.
God BLESS you.
Wonders Without End!