Sweeter are the crumbs that fall from The Master’s Table…than all the sumptuous temptations of the world.
[A] woman whose daughter had an unclean spirit heard about [Jesus], and came and fell down at his feet. The woman was a Greek, by race a Phoenician from Syria. And she started asking him to drive the demon out of her daughter. He responded to her like this: “Let the children first be fed, since it isn’t good to take bread out of children’s mouths and throw it to the dogs! [kynaria]” But as a rejoinder she says to him: “Sir, even the dogs under the table get to eat scraps dropped by children!” Then he said to her: “For that retort, be on your way, the demon has come out of your daughter.” She returned home and found the child lying on the bed and the demon gone (Mk. 7:25-30).
Both the Canaanite woman and the centurion learned helplessness in their unique situations. Fortunately, they both were granted faith by God to place in Jesus. Jesus was their true Messiah.
Jesus, in order to glorify his Father in heaven, used his authority and power to heal the sick servant and cast the demon out of the girl. Faith led to action and action led to healing, but more importantly, to salvation through Christ.
Jesus loves to hear someone cry out, “Help me, Jesus, help me!” That is the humble, faithful cry of human helplessness. That moment is when Jesus does his most awesome work.
Stop trusting in yourself, your doctors, a comfortable lifestyle, or in whatever else you find your security. Jesus says it won’t last – he’s coming soon to burn it all up and call out your very soul (Luke 12:20-21).
Are you ready? Cry out to Jesus Christ today. He’s only after your best interests. He’s calling you to take up your cross and follow him (Matthew 10:38).
Anthony Gomez, Moncks Corner, S.C.