A Stroll At Leisure With God

Gentile Dogs

We received a very encouraging email from a couple of my mom’s friends who visited with her at the nursing home yesterday. They said that she was doing well, and they had a great conversation with her. We were so glad to hear this. We are deeply thankful for their visit and for the email.

One thing that I forgot to mention the other day when I was talking about Earl. Marilyn did not see Mother lead him to faith in Jesus. Some of the other nurses saw it and told Marilyn. This is even more encouraging. Maybe the Lord can use what happened in their lives. Thanks be to the Lord!

On to the passage of scripture for today and the story of the Gentile woman who came to ask Jesus to hear her demon-possessed daughter. At first, Jesus rebuffed her, claiming that He was sent only to the lost sheep of the house of Israel.

“But she came and began to bow down before Him, saying, ‘Lord, help me!’ And He answered and said, ‘It is not good to take the children's bread and throw it to the dogs.’ But she said, ‘Yes, Lord; but even the dogs feed on the crumbs which fall from their masters' table.’ Then Jesus said to her, ‘O woman, your faith is great; it shall be done for you as you wish.’ And her daughter was healed at once” (Matthew 15:25-28 NASB).

The woman persisted, calling herself a “dog,” recognizing the rightful mission of Jesus. But I think it was her continual pleas that won the day. She continued to cry out to Jesus, and finally He answered her prayer.

I don’t think it was hesitancy on His part. I believe He was testing her and her faith. Finally, he healed her daughter.

This is a marvelous testimony of the grace and mercy of God. Jesus continues to teach us to ask and keep on asking. I think we are prone to give up way too soon.

Lord, thank You for Jane and Valerie and their visit to my mom. Thank You for answered prayer concerning her. Thank You that she is not in a lot of pain. Thank You for all the answered prayer in our lives and the faithful folk who keep persisting. We are so grateful. Amen

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