Now the woman was Greek, a Syrophoenician by birth, and she kept asking Him to drive the demon out of her daughter. The woman kept crying out, “Have mercy on me, Lord, Son of David! My daughter is cruelly tormented by a demon.” Then Jesus replied to her, “Woman, your faith is great. Let it be done for you as you want.” And from that moment her daughter was cured. When she went back to her home, she found her child lying on the bed, and the demon was gone.Matthew 15:22-23, Mark 15:22-28
The Syrophenician woman had a problem: her daughter was possessed by a demon, which tortured her without mercy. The mom did everything she knew to do, and still, her daughter suffered. She knew Jesus was near, so her quest for her daughter’s healing immediately took her to the feet of Jesus.
What boldness it took for her to approach Jesus the way she did. At first, Jesus did not answer the woman’s pleas for help. In the bitterness of her circumstances and the frustration of witnessing her daughter’s relentless suffering, would she now turn inward and bitterly confess Jesus was no different than anything else she tried? No. His silence did not deter her.
How do we come to God? Do we come with puffed-up hearts? Do we begin with a feeling that we’re entitled to something? Or perhaps we’re too timid to bring our request before God.
It’s here that we see another quality this woman had, humbleness, not bitterness. Peter tells us, “Humble yourselves therefore under the mighty hand of God, that he may exalt you in due time” (1 Peter 5:6). She kept asking until finally the disciples, tired of her begging, asked Jesus to send her away. Of course, Jesus did not send her away. He replied to her, “Woman, your faith is great. Let it be done for you as you want.”
We should never allow any circumstance to stop us from seeking God. We boldly come before the throne of grace so that we may obtain mercy and find grace in our time of need. (Hebrews 4:16). Let’s be like this courageous woman and not allow anything to detract us from clinging to our bold faith in Jesus.
In His grace,
❧ Women of Faith Series