Tenacity. Humility. Faith.

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“And Jesus went away from there and withdrew to the district of Tyre and Sidon. And behold, a Canaanite woman from that region came out and was crying, “Have mercy on me, O Lord, Son of David; my daughter is severely oppressed by a demon.” But he did not answer her a word. And his disciples came and begged him, saying, “Send her away, for she is crying out after us.”  He answered, “I was sent only to the lost sheep of the house of Israel.”  But she came and knelt before him, saying, “Lord, help me.”  And he answered, “It is not right to take the children’s bread and throw it to the dogs.”  She said, “Yes, Lord, yet even the dogs eat the crumbs that fall from their masters’ table.”  Then Jesus answered her, “O woman, great is your faith! Be it done for you as you desire.” And her daughter was healed instantly.”  Matthew 15:21-28

te·nac·i·ty  /t??nas?d?/:  the quality of being very determined
 
This woman had tenacity.  Jesus’ disciples were just trying to get rid of her, and Jesus Himself had just compared her and her fellow Canaanites to dogs.  But that didn’t deter her.  Her poor daughter needed help, and she wasn’t giving up.
 
hu·mil·i·ty  (h)yo?o?mil?d?/:  a modest or low view of one’s own importance
 
Instead of taking great offense at Jesus’ dog comment, the woman displays amazing humility.  She accepts her “dog status,” and reminds Jesus that even the dogs get crumbs from their master’s table!  Tenacity is not often paired with humility.  This incredible woman displays both.
 
faith /f?TH/:  complete trust or confidence in someone or something.
 
She had “complete trust or confidence” in Jesus.  She knew that He was the One who could heal her daughter.  She knew that He was the Son of David, the Messiah. 
 
The Canaanite woman displayed these three seemingly diverse characteristics in her relationship with Jesus.  How about you? 
 
Sometimes we give up too easily.  Other times we think too highly of ourselves.  And quite often we don’t have enough trust or confidence in Jesus’ ability to help us. 
 
God help us by His Spirit to emulate this Canaanite woman: her tenacity, her humility, her faith. 
 
Gracious Heavenly Father, You teach us by the example of so many of your faithful people.  Thank you for teaching us through the amazing tenacity, humility, and faith of the Canaanite woman.  By Your Spirit, give us the same.  In Jesus’ name and for His glory, Amen.

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