In deep anguish, a woman approaches Christ for her child was suffering terribly from demon possession. She correctly addresses Jesus Christ as LORD, Son of David; but the bible tells us that ‘Jesus did not answer a word’ Mathew 15:23. The plea made by the Canaanite woman was met with silence …a prayer made and failed to get a response from God.
I note that the Canaanite woman addressed Jesus Christ in a correct manner portraying that she knew about him…but Christ was not impressed with her use of elaborate words …he did not respond to her. The Canaanite woman was not deterred by the silence …she continued crying out for help and the disciples requested Christ …“send her away, for she keeps crying out after us” verse 23. Christ’s response was “I was sent only to the lost sheep” Verse 24 and kept silent. Who is a sheep? The LORD Jesus Christ said, “My sheep listen to my voice; I know them and they follow me.” John 10:27.
Like many of us, this Canaanite woman had heard about Jesus Christ; ….and yes, she must have seen God work in the lives of other people; thus the assurance that God answers prayers. But, as she poured out her anguish before Jesus Christ….there was silence. Her supplications did not receive a desired response from God. Why? The Psalmist says, “To the faithful you show yourself faithful…. Psalms 18: 25. The woman in her persistence comes to kneel before Jesus Christ and yet again cries ‘Lord , help me!’ Christ’s response to her was “it is not right to take the Children’s bread and toss it to their dogs to which the Canaanite woman responded that the dogs eat crumbs that fall from their Master’s table. Mathew 15: 26-27
Yes, the answer was received by this Canaanite woman, but, the interchange between the LORD and this woman made me ponder about our relationship with God. When we pray, is it the many words we use before God that gets his attention…or is it the state of one’s heart? Are there moments in our lives we lose the status of being children of God and relegate ourselves to the level of dogs before our Father? Should one be content to receive mere crumbles of blessings from the hand of HIM we call our Heavenly Father?
King Saul started well with God, but his disobedience to God made him an enemy of God. In a moment of distress when he called upon God, his request was also met with silence and he understood that God had turned away from him 1 Samuel 28:15. We start off well in our relationship with God, however finishing well is paramount; thus the need to ensure that we remain on the right course in our walk with God. In obedience to God, we can echo the Psalmist “You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies, You anoint my head with oil; my cup overflows”. Psalms 23:5
“Open for me the gates of righteousness: I will enter and give thanks to the LORD. This is the gate of the LORD through which the righteous may enter. I will give you thanks, for you answered me; you have become my salvation.” Psalms 118:19-21