God Doesn’t Always Answer Immediately

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She cried and begged. Loudly. Urgently. But Jesus did not answer a word. Why wouldn’t He listen? Yet, she desperately held on to a fragile thread of hope. Who else but Jesus could save her daughter?

The Canaanite woman’s daughter was suffering miserably and was cruelly possessed by a demon. She pleaded with Jesus for mercy, but He just walked on. It seemed like He was ignoring her. The disciples had enough of her as they implored Jesus, “Send her away, for she keeps crying after us.” Yet she kept on begging, and kneeling, she worshiped Him.

When Jesus finally answered, He still didn’t answer her request. Instead He seemingly rejected her: “I was sent only to the lost sheep of Israel. It’s not right to take the children’s bread and cast it to the dogs.”

Ouch! Wouldn’t we have crawled away defeated and hopeless by then? But yet she didn’t. She responded with conviction, “Yes, Lord, but even the dogs eat the crumbs that fall from their master’s table.”

“Woman, you have great faith!” Jesus answered. “Your request is granted.”

Wow! When I read this story, I marvel at the woman’s persistence.  She had “confidence in what (she) hoped for and assurance about what (she) did not see.” (Hebrews 11:1) She believed in Jesus’ willingness and power to save. She trusted that even a crumb of His mercy could immediately heal her daughter. She did not give up until her prayer was answered.

It may seem at times that God does not answer us, like He ignores our pleas and abandons us. But as He did with the Canaanite woman, He tests us. He knew before she cried, “Lord, help me!” that she would seek Him out and that He would save her daughter. But her faith needed to be strengthened. And so does ours. God doesn’t always choose to send immediate relief, but some day in His own timing and in His own way, He will.

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. (Matthew 15: 21-28)

♥ More HOPE Gems ♥

  • Unmet Longings by Lysa TerKeurst – “Have you ever wanted something so badly your heart ached with each thought of it?…              We can so easily slip into feeling a little distant from God because we feel hurt by God…”
  • Even If by Kutless –  “Even if the healing doesn’t come and life falls apart…”

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