Sunday, 19 September 2010

Women of the Bible in real time: The Gentile (Canaanite) woman, perseverance

I couldn’t finish this series “Women of the Bible in real times” without talking about the Gentile woman also known as the Canaanite woman. The Bible does not mention her name, but we have much to learn from her.
The Canaanites were an enemy of the Jewish people; they had different beliefs and customs.
She certainly had heard of the miracles Jesus had done and she went off to look for Him. Her daughter was sick and she needed a solution urgently.
There were many barriers that were in her way to reach Him, but her faith and courage was stronger than any preconception.
Jesus at first ignored her, but she insisted and heard this answer: "It isn’t right to take food from the children and throw it to the dogs.”
With these words, one might expect her to allow her feelings to emerge and overwhelm her, to turn around and just leave. Giving up is always the easiest path.
Although, she was aware that she was truly not worthy, she persevered because she knew that He alone had the solution and very humbly said, "That’s true, Lord, but even dogs are allowed to eat the scraps that fall beneath their masters’ table.”
The Lord Jesus was astonished with so much faith and had to bless her.
We women are usually very sentimental, we can be full of faith, and perseverance, but suddenly we allow our emotions to emerge and within seconds everything goes downhill.
Rude words, a reprimand, a lack of attention, are reasons enough to sadden us and leave us feeling devastated.
We cannot allow our emotions to annihilate our faith.
How many people haven’t already abandoned their faith because of little things? Because someone didn’t say good morning, or he or she turned their face and did not answer them, and because of something so insignificant they missed out on their miracle.
Imagine if the Gentile woman had gotten mad, with the "no" she received from Jesus, her daughter would have never been healed.
Living by faith is being immune to all these things that try to prevent us from reaching our blessings and are just there to divert our attention.
Take this into account, be a woman of iron and not of glass.


Va'Nessah said...

This is very true Mrs Tania, many times we loose our blessings because of this emotion that takes over our faith. If the blessing is great then it will not come easy, at firs we may receive a no. But maybe what happens after that determines if we receive the blessing or not.

Asheto said...

This goes to show that it is necessary to put aside all of our emotions when in pursuit of our blessings; and persevere in faith despite what we hear or see,because in reality the canaanite woman had every reason to turn away after receiving such a comment, but she had to swallow her feelings, recognising that Jesus was the ONLY ONE that could help her.

Jennifer Virore said...

Living by faith is being immune to all these things that try to prevent us from reaching our blessings and are just there to divert our and emotions can never be present at the same time and at the same place.
we should be like the caananite woman and fight till we get what we want.

lerato uyg said...

Imagine she heard a "no" from Jesus but she did not become downcast, we sometimes hear a no from a man and we become discouraged. I ask myself who was supposed to be downcast the woman or us? The woman, but she did not give ear to the negative, her faith pushed her ahead to insist with Jesus. We also need to insist with the challenges we face, even if we hear a "No" our faith should be that shield to that negative word.

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