Mark 7:24-30: Faith presses through.
“24 Jesus left that place and went to the vicinity of Tyre. He entered a house and did not want anyone to know it; yet he could not keep his presence secret. 25 In fact, as soon as she heard about him, a woman whose little daughter was possessed by an impure spirit came and fell at his feet. 26 The woman was a Greek, born in Syrian Phoenicia. She begged Jesus to drive the demon out of her daughter. 27 ‘First let the children eat all they want,’ he told her, ‘for it is not right to take the children’s bread and toss it to the dogs.’ 28 ‘Lord,’ she replied, ‘even the dogs under the table eat the children’s crumbs.’ 29 Then he told her, ‘For such a reply, you may go; the demon has left your daughter.’ 30 She went home and found her child lying on the bed, and the demon gone.” NIV UK
It strikes me that if Jesus is in your heart, His presence will become obvious. Why would you want to hide Him anyway? People will be drawn to the Christ in you.
The woman, the lead character in today’s story, was desperate;
Her daughter had a demon;
She, the loving mother, was desperate for deliverance;
Initially, she seemed to meet with a denial……but faith presses through.We have seen this before in the men who carried their friend on a mat to Jesus; in the woman who had suffered with bleeding for twelve years. Even in Jesus’ seemingly unpromising words she found enough promise to cling to. ‘’For without faith it is impossible to please God…’’ (Hebrews 11:6). She held on in belief and pleased the Lord. If she was a Gentile ‘dog’, might there not be at least a scrap under the table for her? For her daughter? The answer was a resounding ‘Yes’ – and so much more than scraps. She found something in Christ’s Word to dig her fingernails into.
PRAYER: Lord, may we, your people, live our lives prayerfully at your feet. Make us a people of earnest prayer and persevering faith, who will not let you go until you bless.