No more crumbs! – 2020.01.03
Even the dogs eat the crumbs that fall from their master’s table.
Matthew 15, 27
Jesus had to hide from the Pharisees for some time and went to the pagan area north of Galilee. But they knew Him there too. A woman came and cried out after Him: “Have mercy, LORD, my daughter is tormented by an evil spirit! – But He did not answer. Then she fell down before Him, but He refused. HE was sent to the house of Israel. Should He take the bread from the children and throw it to the dogs? – In her distress, the woman was not afraid to say, “Yes, but we may have the crumbs that fall from the table!” – And Jesus was amazed at her humility, perseverance and faith. Whatever you want shall be done! – And from that hour the daughter was healed.
Many Christians are still content with the crumbs that fall from the table. With scraps, with leftovers, with gnawed-off bones … But the LORD has abundance for His children! Read Psalm 23: “You set the table before me in the presence of my enemies. You anoint my head with oil, you fill my cup abundantly. Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life…”
Why should we be content with crumbs when the table is richly laid for us? We could have all the heavenly blessings, they are already waiting for us! James replies to this question: “They are not praying properly. They are not serious about it. They want to have everything to enjoy it themselves – selfish, spoiled children! They do not live according to God’s word, but want all the authority of God! No, it doesn’t work that way. The prayer of the just man can achieve much…”
Let us seek the fullness of God: In earnest prayer, without selfishness, to glorify His name and to help our brothers. Let us pray for one another, not for ourselves. We want to remind God of His Word when we are in need, and we want to take advantage of the promises of Matthew 6, but at the same time we want to give thanks, because HE cares for us.
HE has everything ready and is waiting for believing, humble hearts to take it.
Thank You Jesus, You have life and fullness! Thank You for taking good care of me! Thank You, I don’t need to live on crumbs and leftovers, but on Your life-giving Spirit! Let Him flow, Jesus, so that new life may arise!