The SyroPhoenician Woman
As we countdown to our women's conference, we continue to look at some of the women of the Bible. Though they lived in a different time, their powerful stories still speak to us today.
I love the Syrophoenician (Canaanite woman). Her story teaches us grace, tenacity, determination, persistence, faith, among others.
Summary: her daughter was severely demon possessed and she was desperately seeking deliverance for her. She had no relationship with Jesus, being a Gentile, but knew enough about Him to know He had the solution to her problem. She managed to locate Jesus, positioned herself close enough to Him and started screaming at the top of her voice, “Have mercy on me, O Lord, Son of David! My daughter is severely demon-possessed.” Matthew 15:22. She knew where she belonged and that she had no right to demand what she was demanding, as a Gentile, but she still bravely pushed her way through a hostile crowd of Jews to get what she wanted.
Roadblocks: the disciples tried to shush her, that didn't work. Jesus heard her alright but refused to answer her. She kept yelling. The disciples urged Jesus to send her away, she stood her ground. Jesus responded and said He did not come to help people like her. She continued to press Jesus for help. Jesus decided to break it down further in a language she could appreciate. “It is not good to take the children’s bread and throw it to the little dogs.” Matthew 15:26. Determined she would not leave without her solution, she pressed Jesus and her response seemed to have thrown Jesus off. She did not chafe at the dog analogy, she did not leave in a huff. She said yeah I get that, but even dogs get the crumbs that fall from the master's table. Now that got Jesus to sit up, “O woman, great is your faith! Let it be to you as you desire.” Her daughter was healed from that very hour.
What a woman!! We will encounter opposition at work, at school, at home, as we work on achieving our dreams and maximize our gifts and talents. We will encounter roadblocks as we seek to advance our vision and make something of ourselves. We will come up against closed doors as we push to make a difference and as we walk with God. There will even be times when it seems God's ears are closed to us. An opposition is a sign that we are progressing, making waves, inroads and rustling some feathers. In those moments, may we not give up and turn away. However long it takes God will answer you.