So Great Was Her Faith
So great was her faith: How?
“Sorry, the Master is needing some time to Himself,” Peter said.
“But I must see Him, just for a moment,” she said.
“No, you don’t understand, He really needs His rest and besides, He has come only to serve His own people.”
“But sir, you don’t understand my desperation, I must see Him.”
As she was talking to Peter, the other disciples urged Jesus to send this woman away. Jesus turned and looked at her and as so many times before, He was filled with love and compassion. He said to her, “I have been sent only to the lost sheep of the house of Israel.”
She became filled with anxiety and desperation, but was resolved that she would not, no, she could not take no for an answer. She knew that this man, this Rabbi, this possible prophet or dare she think the Messiah Himself, could help her, if only she could find a way. “Lord, help me!”
Jesus answered, “It’s not good to take the children’s bread and throw it to the dogs.”
Her heart sunk. But all at once, she was filled with the most audacious faith she had ever known, too much was at stake for her to give up now. She knew that it wouldn’t take a lot from this man to free her daughter, so she said, “Yes, Lord; but even the dogs feed on the crumbs which fall from their master’s table.”
While Jesus was amazed at her faith, the disciples were confused at what she said and they were eager to continue their journey. Jesus simply looked at her with great joy and delighted in her boldness, her courage, her determination and most of all, her level of faith. He understood what the disciples missed. Here was a woman, a Gentile, that knew who He was so well, that trusted in Him so much, that she required very little of Him to accomplish all she needed for her daughter. Her desperation was sparked out of her desire to see her daughter freed from the demon and she couldn’t go back and face her daughter knowing she came to the feet of God Himself and knew He was willing that her daughter would be whole again. She knew of the miracles Jesus performed and trusted if anyone could help her daughter, the One she now knelt before pleading to, was the One.
Jesus tenderly said to her, “O woman, your faith is great, it shall be done for you as you wish.” As they parted ways, He marveled for so great was her faith.
And she knew when she left His presence she would find her daughter just as she did when she got home, resting and demon free.
So great was her faith: Why?
What we can easily forget in this story of the Syrophoenician woman was the backdrop of this story. Jesus had been going among His own people and regardless of how many miracles He did, many wanted more proof. It’s hard to say if this woman ever saw Jesus perform even one miracle or if she had simply heard the stories and chose to believe in the impossible. She had such great faith that she knew, even if she was able to get just a little of Jesus, it would be far more than enough. In contrast, regardless of all He did, many people failed and still fail to maintain this level of faith in Him and all He can do for them. I believe her faith stemmed from understanding, at least as much as she could, who Jesus was. She knew He was able to do the impossible. She knew that He was capable of more than what she needed to deliver her daughter. From that knowledge came her belief or faith. From that faith came her fearlessness and courage to believe for the impossible and not willing to leave without receiving what she knew Jesus was capable of.
Did the events unfold like this? We will not know in this lifetime, but the point is to convey the depth of this woman’s audacious faith. To remind us that the more we know about Jesus, the more we are willing to believe what He says is true, the more we will realize that we just don’t need a lot of Him to do great things, for He is the God that took a little the few fish and loaves and turned into more than enough to fill many and still have baskets of leftovers.
So great was her faith: Takeaway
We live in a time when we understand that Jesus saves us all, Jew and Gentile alike, but do we come with the boldness of this woman? We can be followers of Christ that cause the Lord to say of us, so great was her (or his) faith. No matter what we are facing today, let’s boldly approach Jesus and believe He can accomplish all we ask of Him. Not only can He accomplish it, but He can do it with what may seem to us like a few crumbs.