As I was watching the sunset I was thinking how deep a red colour it was this evening. The story of the gentile woman who was seemingly rebuked by Jesus but carried on asking for help. How a deep burning faith she must have had.
When someone is strong in their faith you can see in them a burning desire to do Gods work. I have been put to shame this week by other people’s faith, they are really doing the will of God. You can see their faith burning.
And she said, “Yes, Lord, yet even the little dogs eat the crumbs which fall from their masters’ table.”
Then Jesus answered and said to her, “O woman, great is your faith! Let it be to you as you desire.” And her daughter was healed from that very hour.
The woman in the story was concerned for her daughter. Her desire was for Jesus to heal her daughter, and because she had great faith in the Lord, He would not refuse.
How I wish I had that desire every day. Today I have not spent much time with the Lord. I feel convicted when I read the bible because I know it is truth, and God is speaking to me, but I carry on with my life without acting some days. Somedays I feel I am like a Pharisee to some extent, going through the motions, outwardly speaking the prayers, but on the inside doubting.
But is that just our faith?
Does everyone go through life with occasional doubts, with highs and lows?
I just spoke to another person who stated just that thing, but he also said he usually doesn’t start talking about faith, so is this God at work. We are called to spread what we hear in the darkness in the light.
Can I take heart and carry on knowing that my Lord will not say no if I persist?
How can a young man cleanse his way?
By taking heed according to Your word
When we feel low and seperate from God, we can read and dwell on Gods word, dwell on The Word? We are truly not Pharisees if we occasionally doubt and go astray like lost sheep for we can have assurance, have faith that God will come looking for us like I will go looking for my child without rest until I find him.
But what is our desire, what do we really desire?
Have you ever knelt down and had it out with God about what we desire? What we really want in life? Have you ever for that matter thought about what the creator of the universe wants? Well sometimes that can be overwhelming.
This evening I pray that we all take heart and follow that desire for God. I pray that in the face of adversary we carry on and keep asking those questions in the love of God.