Then the woman came to Jesus again. She bowed before Jesus and said, "Lord, help me!" Jesus answered, "It is not right to take the children's bread and give it to the dogs." The woman said, "Yes, Lord, but even the dogs eat the pieces of food that fall from their master's table." Then Jesus answered, "Woman, you have great faith! I will do the thing you wanted me to do." And at that time the woman's daughter was healed.
— Matthew 15:25-28 NLT
In a world where everyone feels as if the world owes them something—a living, a break, a decent wage, etc.—here is a woman who understood grace because she truly believed in Jesus. God had come before her. Immanuel, God with us, stood before her and her daughter needed his care. She would do anything and endure anything to receive his ministry.
Even though Jesus' ministry would focus on Jewish people, here is a woman who stands in sharp contrast with the religious leaders who will not believe. Her faith transcends race and plans. Jesus heals her daughter just as she believed he would. What especially touches me is that Jesus consistently affirmed those who had faith by letting them know he noticed and appreciated their faith. There are at least two things that I can do: not let race or culture stand in the way of salvation for all people and let folks know how I appreciate their faith.
Dear Lord, God Almighty, open my heart to other people. Give me a deeper appreciation of their faith and what they had to overcome to believe. Give me a generous heart to share with others your grace and my admiration for the good things in their life. In Jesus' name I pray. Amen.
Related Scripture Readings
- Revelation 7:9-10
- 1 Thessalonians 1:2-3
- Matthew 9:20-22
About This Devotional
What Jesus Did is a one-year devotional guide through the gospels, using one short passage each day and following the Gospel in consecutive order. Each devotional consists of a passage, reflection and a prayer which opens up the day's scripture and shows how it challenges you to live for Jesus.
What Jesus Did! is written by Phil Ware.
Scripture quotations are taken from the Holy Bible, New Living Translation, copyright ©1996, 2004, 2007, 2013, 2015 by Tyndale House Foundation. Used by permission of Tyndale House Publishers, Inc., Carol Stream, Illinois 60188. All rights reserved.