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. Right away a woman who had heard about him came and fell at his feet. Her little girl was possessed by an evil spirit, and she begged him to cast out the demon from her daughter.
Since she was a Gentile, born in Syrian Phoenicia, 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.”
She replied, “That’s true, Lord, but even the dogs under the table are allowed to eat the scraps from the children’s plates.”
“Good answer!” he said. “Now go home, for the demon has left your daughter.” And when she arrived home, she found her little girl lying quietly in bed, and the demon was gone.
This woman could have taken offense. This would be a blatantly racist statement in today’s world, the press would have gone wild with it. Yet she remains focused and undeterred. She demonstrates belief that has become faith and faith in action. She does not let personal pride get in the way of her mission. For her statement she receives what she asked for. Her statement: Yes but…even the dogs under the table are allowed to eat the scraps from the children’s plates.”, shows the extent of her faith. Like the woman who just wanted to touch the hem of his robe, the faith in that statement shows a realization of just how big she believed God to be. It wouldn’t take much to heal her daughter. Something mankind could not do, God could and it wouldn’t require much, just a crumb.
Take away – Belief drives faith, we make our requests known and don’t let obstacles block our focus. We know who He is, and what He can do; we know who He says we are and what we can do through Him. This was God’s Word in action and alive, it can be alive and active in us!