On a not so pleasant day, our human nature that is still a part of who we are, even as believers in Christ, can get the best of us.
With tears streaming down my face, I found myself reflecting on the current status of my life. I strive not to complain because things could be so much worse, and they have been, in different aspects of my wilderness experience; and it is so, for others, right now. Nevertheless, sometimes I find myself with an uncontrollable need to vent, be that as it may, just to find some type of relief and a reason to keep advancing through the ordeals of my existence.
Discouragement, on occasion, comes, even in the journey of a born again follower of Jesus, our resurrected Savior. God created us and He knows that more often than not, Satan will attempt to take over our thoughts and leave us in a place of perceiving as though we are forever surrounded with nothingness; just the meager crumbs handed to us on the plate of life. We were warned of this. God’s Word clearly states that Satan comes to steal and kill and destroy, but Christ came that we may have life, and have it to the full.
It was a conversation that I was having with my mom, as I drove the same road home that I drive every day. I came to the realization that in this season of my life, there is rarely an abundance, but rather an unending experience of crumbs. I find this to be currently true in my relationship with my son, in relationships with others, and in the resources that should be available to me for sustenance in this life. There never seems to be enough to nourish me or fill me up.
What am I supposed to do with these crumbs?
Let’s take a look at the Faith of a Canaanite Woman in the Bible. We find in Matthew 15:21-28, when Jesus journeyed to the region of Tyre and Sidon, a woman came crying to Him for help. You see, she too, was trying to make sense of the crumbs she was given. Her daughter was demon-possessed and was suffering terribly. She had an urgent need and the only one who could meet that need was Jesus. But, He did not answer her. He was silent.
He appears to be silent in our lives at times when we feel like we can’t go on or can’t endure anymore of our crumb-filled wanderings. Silence doesn’t mean He has forgotten about us or left us, because His Word says that He will never leave us nor forsake us. This is His promise.
Jesus’ disciples came to Him and urged Jesus to send her away because of her unceasing cries. When Jesus did answer, He remarked that he was sent only to the lost sheep of Israel, the Jews. You see this Canaanite woman was a Gentile, but this did not deter her. She believed in the power that Jesus possessed.
We too can have assurance in Jesus. He made a way so that you and I can be satisfied with more than enough from Him.
As we find ourselves in need of a touch from the Savior, we, as did this woman, cry out, “Lord, help me!”
Jesus’ response can at first seem harsh. He was expressing the common belief at that time, that it would not be right to take what was meant for the Jews and give it to a Gentile. The woman acknowledged the truth in what Jesus was saying, but she was willing to accept even the crumbs from the master’s table. She presently may not have had a seat at the table, but whatever Jesus was willing to provide for her need would be more than enough.
Because of her great faith, her request was granted.
Luke 16:10 (NLT) says,
“If you are faithful in little things, you will be faithful in large ones. But if you are dishonest in little things, you won’t be honest with greater responsibilities.
Perhaps God is holding back in my life to determine if I will remain faithful over my “crumbs”. When all I have is Jesus, what will I do? Will I turn away or will I stay focused on the things of God and continue to follow Him to my destiny; to my “full meal” that He has prepared for me.
Instead of looking at our circumstances or resources or the lack there of, we should be looking to God to fill us up from the inside out. We should be seeking to grow in Him and realize that even with just the crumbs, He is our source and our strength. He sustains us. Nothing that we are enduring is new to God. He has a reason and a solution for it all.
Romans 15:13 (NLT) says,
I pray that God, the source of hope, will fill you completely with joy and peace because you trust in him. Then you will overflow with confident hope through the power of the Holy Spirit.
During the lean or difficult times, we have to allow God to fill us up completely with joy and peace, because He is the source of our hope. We can receive these things as part of our daily nourishment from God through Jesus Christ, because we trust in Him. Then we are able to overflow with confident hope through the power of the Holy Spirit.
Don’t worry about the crumbs and feeling like you don’t have enough. Instead, pray that God, the source of hope, will supply your every need.
Nobody else will, but God can take the crumbs and FILL us up!
Matthew 15:21-28 (NIV)
21 Leaving that place, Jesus withdrew to the region of Tyre and Sidon. 22 A Canaanite woman from that vicinity came to him, crying out, “Lord, Son of David,have mercy on me! My daughter is demon-possessed and suffering terribly.”
23 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.”
24 He answered, “I was sent only to the lost sheep of Israel.”
25 The woman came and knelt before him. “Lord, help me!” she said.
26 He replied, “It is not right to take the children’s bread and toss it to the dogs.”
27 “Yes it is, Lord,” she said. “Even the dogs eat the crumbs that fall from their master’s table.”
28 Then Jesus said to her, “Woman, you have great faith! Your request is granted.”And her daughter was healed at that moment.
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