The Tenacity of the Canaanite Woman?

Jack Graham

I know this is a funny question, but have you ever fed your dog from the table? Well, I have, and we have a chubby beagle named Nike to prove it. You see, Nike figured out that if he presses me long enough, he will get a scrap from his master's table.

In the Scripture, we learn a lesson about the importance of pressing into Jesus with this kind of tenacity.

In Matthew 15, the Canaanite woman was in a desperate crisis. Her daughter was vexed with an oppressing demonic spirit. In a natural sense, she was without hope, but her faith allowed her to place her trust in Jesus. And by faith she pressed in on him and called out his name in faith believing that he would help her.

This impressed Jesus. So he tested her mettle further with a statement that would seem to exclude her: "I was sent only to the lost sheep of the house of Israel."

"True," she said. "But even the dogs eat scraps from the master's table."

Even though she knew she was unworthy to receive his grace, her tenacity and faith pleased the Lord! She believed that even the crumbs of mercy that would fall from Jesus' table were enough to save her daughter. And Jesus instantly delivered her daughter!

Be tenacious with Jesus. Press into him with your needs and await your answer!

Taken from "Tenacity Has its Rewards" by PowerPoint Ministries (used by permission).

Originally published September 08, 2010.