When things are going well, we tend to pray less, read our Bible less, and depend less on God. When things are looking up, we tend to give ourselves credit; but when times get tough, we ask for God’s help. It’s human nature to seek God more often in the bad times.
Often, we treat God like a fire alarm and break the glass only when there is an emergency. No wonder God allows us to have tough times. Otherwise, He’d seldom hear our voice. When times are tough, we are humbled, and God loves us when we are humble. As I read scripture, I find adjectives that please God, such as:
Poor in spirit
These are a few adjectives God hates:
An example of Jesus compassion for the humble is found in Mark chapter 7 verses 24-30 NASB. A Syrophoenician woman whose little daughter had an unclean spirit fell at Jesus’ feet begging Him to help. She was a Gentile who was considered of low stature by the Jews. It appears, Jesus initially ignored her because the scripture says she, “kept asking him.”
Finally, Jesus responded by saying, “Let the children be satisfied first, for it is not good to take the children’s bread and throw it to the dogs.” Jesus compared the Jews to His children and the Gentiles to dogs. He was testing her by belittling her. Though she humbly begged at his feet, he humbled her even further by calling her race “dogs.”
Yet, she persisted by saying, “Yes, Lord, but even the dogs under the table feed on the children’s crumbs.” A desperate, humble, meek woman persisted. Her faith was so great she refused to allow His insult to repel her. A proud woman would have stood to her feet and defiantly left. She may have even returned insult for insult.
However, this woman was not proud or defiant before Christ. She was humble and meek. She was a beggar expressing herself in the lowest terms. “Am I not even worthy of eating crumbs from your table?” she asked.
She passed the test. Jesus responded, “Because of this answer go your way; the demon has gone out of your daughter.” It is important to note in this scripture, Jesus didn’t say it was her “faith” that healed her daughter. He said it was her “answer.” She answered Jesus insult without anger but with humbleness.
I am not diminishing the importance of faith because Jesus often proclaimed it was the seekers’ faith that made them whole. I am saying in this instance Christ emphasized her humbleness. Her faith was evident because she was at his feet begging.
So, here we are dealing with a loved one with a slowly progressing terminal illness. Possibly, we are experiencing one of the lowest times in our lives. I have done everything medically possible for my mother. Now, I can only manage her disease as it slowly destroys her brain.
I am not proud. I just want the crumbs from God’s table. I think that is the correct answer. I am humbled at Jesus’ feet waiting for His response.
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