My readers know that I’m a Christian Missionary so many of my posts reflect my worldview. In my daily Bible reading this morning, I read from Matthew 15:21-28, an interesting passage where Jesus actually initially rejects a woman’s request for deliverance for her daughter.
21 Leaving that place, Jesus withdrew to the region of Tyre and Sidon. 22 A Canaanite woman from that vicinity came to him, crying out, “Lord, Son of David, have mercy on me! My daughter is demon-possessed and suffering terribly.” 23 Jesus did not answer a word. So his disciples came to him and urged him, “Send her away, for she keeps crying out after us.” 24 He answered, “I was sent only to the lost sheep of Israel.” 25 The woman came and knelt before him. “Lord, help me!” she said. 26 He replied, “It is not right to take the children’s bread and toss it to the dogs.” 27 “Yes it is, Lord,” she said. “Even the dogs eat the crumbs that fall from their master’s table.” 28 Then Jesus said to her, “Woman, you have great faith! Your request is granted.” And her daughter was healed at that moment.
God’s Plan and Purpose for Mankind is revealed and executed in stages according to priority. He created the universe in 7 days. He could have done it in one moment, but chose to use a process. He sent Jesus, the Christ – Savior of the World – at the appointed time. The world needed Him sooner, but God works according to process and priorities. God has other ways of meeting people’s needs in the meantime, so He doesn’t leave anyone in history without the opportunity to meet Him.
In this situation the woman was a Canaanite, not a Jew. Jesus’ short ministry mission of 3 1/2 years was focused on Israel. The World-Focus would come later, but during that span of time His focus was on Israel. When the woman approached Him his disciples wanted her to go away, “She’s bothering us. She’s interrupting our mission. Her situation is too complicated and we don’t have the resources to help everyone!” However, her persistence paid off. Her need touched the heart of Jesus and He changed His priorities to address her need.
Think about this woman’s situation – her daughter was demon-possessed. She was probably violent. Perhaps she was hurting herself or others. Maybe she wasn’t eating or was immobile and couldn’t help herself. How can we pass that by?
I live in a country (Cambodia) where I see severe needs on a daily basis. I’m a man with a mission. I have goals, priorities – people to meet, places to go, a mission to accomplish. There are so many needs how can I meet them all? The answer is “I can’t.” But I can meet some…
Do you remember the little story bout the starfish?
Once upon a time, there was an old man who used to go to the ocean to do his writing.He had a habit of walking on the beach every morning before he began his work. Early one morning, he was walking along the shore after a big storm had passed and found the vast beach littered with starfish as far as the eye could see, stretching in both directions. Off in the distance, the old man noticed a small boy approaching. As the boy walked, he paused every so often and as he grew closer, the man could see that he was occasionally bending down to pick up an object and throw it into the sea. The boy came closer still and the man called out, “Good morning! May I ask what it is that you are doing?” The young boy paused, looked up, and replied “Throwing starfish into the ocean. The tide has washed them up onto the beach and they can’t return to the sea by themselves,” the youth replied. “When the sun gets high, they will die, unless I throw them back into the water.” The old man replied, “But there must be tens of thousands of starfish on this beach. I’m afraid you won’t really be able to make much of a difference.” The boy bent down, picked up yet another starfish and threw it as far as he could into the ocean. Then he turned, smiled and said, “It made a difference to that one!”
We can’t solve all the problems of the world, but we can solve some. In our busy life from time to time God brings us across the path of a need or an opportunity that only we can meet at that time of need; sometimes that is a Moment in Destiny. It’s God’s appointed time for us to reach out and touch someone and make a difference in their life – perhaps a history-changing touch. Maybe it’s sponsoring a child’s education. Maybe it’s building a home. Maybe it’s contributing toward a patient’s healing. Maybe it’s taking time to listen to someone’s heart or speak a word of hope and encouragement to them. It’s small. It might be a one-off act of kindness, but it can change the destiny of someone.
I believe in you and I believe you have a God-ordained destiny. In your walk through life pay attention to those moments God touches your heart to respond to change someone’s history.
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