“He replied, “It is not right to take the children’s bread and toss it to the dogs.” “Yes it is, Lord,” she said. “Even the dogs eat the crumbs that fall from their master’s table.”
That was harsh!
And yet truly valuable…
Many of us would have been so deeply offended by that statement from Christ that we would have moved right on to a new faith and a new god.
Just like how when we don’t hear from God with regards to what we believe we ‘deserve’ we start looking for other gods who have a better appreciation for how important we and our needs really are.
But Jesus was simply assessing her humility and her faith.
And she demonstrated to Him that her desire for what she needed (the deliverance of her daughter) far outweighed her pride…and therefore she was ready to literally “eat the crumbs from under the master’s table” if that is what it would take.
Christ gave up His life for us…
…are we willing to give up our pride for Him?
That is the question we must contend with as we go through the day…especially when we start feeling like certain people and situations are beneath us.
Dear Lord, sometimes I’m indignant at the people and issues I have to deal with. I feel I am above them, but through this story, You have reminded me that I am never above anything that You present to me. Grant me the humility to deal with gratitude everything and anyone You bring to me. Amen.