THE GENTILE WOMAN
Jesus then went to the Gentile region of Tyre to get away from the Jews and spend time alone with His disciples. While He was there, a Gentile woman discovered that Jesus was in the area, so she went to Jesus to plead to Him to heal her daughter, possessed by a demon. During this time, the Jews considered the Gentiles (non-Jewish people like us) unclean because the Gentiles worshipped other gods, so the Jews considered the Gentiles dogs (the dogs were unclean animals). When the Gentile woman pleaded with Jesus, He told her, "First I should feed the children—my own family, the Jews. It isn't right to take food from the children and throw it to the dogs" (Mark 7:27). And the Gentile woman replied, "That's true, Lord, but even the dogs under the table are allowed to eat the scraps from the children's plates" (Mark 7:28). The food that Jesus referred to was God's blessing, such as healing, and the dogs referred to the Gentiles. Although the woman knew she didn't have the right to receive the blessing of God, she was willing to receive any leftover of the blessings from the Jews. Jesus was moved by the woman's humility that Jesus granted her request and healed her daughter.
One of the lessons we can learn from this story is that no matter where we come from or who we are, when we humble ourselves before our Lord Jesus Christ, He will accept us. God wants us to come to Him with a humble heart because when we humble our hearts before Him, we are willing to surrender to His authority. James 4:10 says, "Humble yourselves before the Lord, and he will lift you up in honor." As Christians, the only way to approach God is through our humility. When we try to force God to follow our own ways, we are no longer walking in humility before God. We need to be willing to accept whatever His will in our lives. Let us surrender our control over our lives and let Him control our lives because this is what it means to walk in humility before God.
Today, let us walk in humility before God. God does not owe us anything, but we owe everything to God, for He created and saved us through the life of our Lord Jesus Christ.
Ask yourself these questions: How should I approach God? What does it mean to humble myself before God? Am I willing to humble myself before God?
Write down all the worries you are facing today and lift them up to God.
Father in Heaven, I acknowledge that you are God, and I am not, so I humble myself before you today. Please forgive me if I have been acting in a prideful way. Please teach me to walk in humility before you so that I may honor you. In the name of Jesus, I pray. Amen.