Did you know that when you are being tested, God is often using you to teach others? Your faith in the middle of troubling circumstances can be a display to other people of the power of God in your life.
Matthew 15:21-28—Then Jesus left Galilee and went north to the region of Tyre and Sidon. A Gentile woman who lived there came to him, pleading, “Have mercy on me, O Lord, Son of David! For my daughter is possessed by a demon that torments her severely.”
But Jesus gave her no reply, not even a word. Then his disciples urged him to send her away. “Tell her to go away,” they said. “She is bothering us with all her begging.”
Then Jesus said to the woman, “I was sent only to help God’s lost sheep—the people of Israel.”
But she came and worshiped him, pleading again, “Lord, help me!”
Jesus responded, “It isn’t right to take food from the children and throw it to the dogs.”
She replied, “That’s true, Lord, but even dogs are allowed to eat the scraps that fall beneath their masters’ table.”
“Dear woman,” Jesus said to her, “your faith is great. Your request is granted.” And her daughter was instantly healed.
What are your first reactions to this passage of Scripture? Doesn’t Jesus seem like He’s being rude or standoffish to the woman? It’s almost like Jesus is intentionally breaking every rule on how to make a friend or even just get along with someone. But He wasn’t being rude—Jesus knew how strong the woman’s faith was. He knew she wasn’t going to give up because of how he was acting toward her. So, He tested her in front of His disciples in order to teach them something about having faith.
In Jesus’ day there were many people who appeared to have great faith, but their faith stopped at their head, and that’s true for many even today. But strong faith goes further—it reaches into the depths of our hearts. It’s not about how much you know about God, but how much you believe about the God you know. The woman in this story knew God and she trusted what she knew about Him, such as that He is for all people. She believed that even the crumbs from her Master’s table were enough for her.
Examine yourself today—is your faith really in our amazing God, or is it in something or someone else? When push comes to shove, who or what do you turn to? Think about the problems or difficulties that you are going through right now in your life. How can you put your faith on a display for those around you to see the power of God through you, even in times like these? Remember that there is no success without a problem, and there is no faith to display without a test.