The Daily Encounter
"A Desolate Place"
24 Then Jesus left Galilee and went north to the region of Tyre. He didn’t want anyone to know which house he was staying in, but he couldn’t keep it a secret. 25 Right away a woman who had heard about him came and fell at his feet. Her little girl was possessed by an evil spirit, 26 and she begged him to cast out the demon from her daughter.
Since she was a Gentile, born in Syrian Phoenicia, 27 Jesus told her, “First I should feed the children—my own family, the Jews. It isn’t right to take food from the children and throw it to the dogs.”
28 She replied, “That’s true, Lord, but even the dogs under the table are allowed to eat the scraps from the children’s plates.”
29 “Good answer!” he said. “Now go home, for the demon has left your daughter.” 30 And when she arrived home, she found her little girl lying quietly in bed, and the demon was gone.
Mark 7:24-30 NLT
A few weeks ago Pastor Landon said that 'faith is the currency of God' - I cannot escape this in scripture and it shows again in the story of the gentile woman in Mark; we see her faith in Jesus on full display. She knows that she doesn't need much from Jesus, a few spiritual crumbs and it has unrivaled power, it has the power to heal.
Imagine this moment... she's speaking to Jesus, whose following was so big He was trying to keep his whereabouts a secret. Then when she finally asks him to heal her daughter he says that He should feed his children first. Many people would take that as a no and go home, but Jesus didn't say no. Her response can be summed up by one word, faith - the currency of God, and she paid in full.
As you read and reflect on this passage, ask yourself - do I have faith in Jesus in all circumstances?
Please keep in mind, having faith doesn't mean Jesus will do what we want when we want, but it means He will bless us, whether in this life or the next. He promises to restore, and He will.
We invite you to know Jesus, one spiritual little crumb at a time, and we promise that you will be full (John 6:35), today, tomorrow, and forever.