Day 15

Matthew 15:21-28

21 Leaving that place, Jesus withdrew to the region of Tyre and Sidon. 22 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.”
23 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.”
24 He answered, “I was sent only to the lost sheep of Israel.”
25 The woman came and knelt before him. “Lord, help me!” she said.
26 He replied, “It is not right to take the children’s bread and toss it to the dogs.”
27 “Yes it is, Lord,” she said. “Even the dogs eat the crumbs that fall from their master’s table.”
28 Then Jesus said to her, “Woman, you have great faith! Your request is granted.” And her daughter was healed at that moment.

Have you ever felt like you didn’t belong? When I was in Junior High, all I wanted was to make the basketball team. I really didn’t want to go to practice every day or run those terrible drills. I just wanted the cool uniform. They were bright green with a panther on the back. Awesome, right?! Well, I didn’t make the team. I felt like a dog, like I didn’t measure up, like I didn’t count. This is how the lady from today’s passage was perceived in society. She wasn’t from Israel, so she wasn’t that important. She was seen as one who only deserved the crumbs off the table, not the t- bone steak. This could have been the end of the story, but she didn’t give up. She figured even the Lord’s crumbs were all she needed to get her prayers answered. Jesus saw her heart and said she had “great faith.” Wow! I hope He would say that of me. Her prayer for her daughter’s healing was answered. It wasn’t because of who she was, but because she was desperate enough to cry out to the One who could perform miracles. No matter how you feel about yourself or what people have said about you, remember, it’s not about who you are but about who Jesus is. He’s waiting for us to cry out to Him.