Don’t give up that easy!- by Prudence Ndzinisa
Leaving that place, Jesus withdrew to the region of Tyre and Sidon. A Canaanite woman from that vicinity came to him, crying out, "Lord, Son of David, have mercy on me! My daughter is suffering terribly from demon-possession." 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." He answered, "I was sent only to the lost sheep of Israel." The woman came and knelt before him. "Lord, help me!" she said. He replied, "It is not right to take the children's bread and toss it to their dogs." "Yes, Lord," she said, "but even the dogs eat the crumbs that fall from their masters' table." Then Jesus answered, "Woman, you have great faith! Your request is granted." And her daughter was healed from that very hour. (NIV)
When the Canaanite woman encountered Jesus, she addressed him as Son of David which shows that she recognised Jesus’ messianic importance. The first time this woman called on Jesus, she did not get any response. Jesus practically ignored this woman and that might show that the priority of his ministry was first to Israel. But the woman was still persistent, Jesus told her: "It is not right to take the children's bread and toss it to their dogs."
To a Jew, the name ‘dog’ refers to Gentiles; however, in this context Jesus meant a little dog as pet not a Gentile. Jesus uses this proverb to point out the inappropriateness of taking what belongs to Israel and giving it to the Gentiles. But this woman continues to persist and says, “Even the dogs eat the crumbs that fall from their masters' table."
Which shows that this woman does not want to take the place of Israel but only to share in the mercy of God. Perhaps the persistence of this woman also indicates that the gospel must go beyond Israel.
This woman is a model of effective prayer. She knows that Jesus is able to save her daughter and she has no doubt, she trusts in the power of Jesus Christ, she persists until she gets what she wants, she is humble, and she is not offended by the way Jesus responds to her. She knows and accepts that she is not worthy to be helped by Jesus.
Like this woman we should not give up after praying for two or three times. There are challenges in life that are going test your patience and if you let go that easy, you will not receive anything.
You should not be discouraged by what others may say. If you have a problem, call upon God. We need to learn to wait upon the Lord!
If we can go to Jesus with the same attitude that this woman had, we also can get this response: “Great is your faith! Let it be done for you as you wish.”
You can give up on everything else but you cannot afford to give up on God!