25 In fact, as soon as she heard about him, a woman whose little daughter was possessed by an impure spirit came and fell at his feet. 26 The woman was a Greek, born in Syrian Phoenicia. She begged Jesus to drive the demon out of her daughter. 27 “First let the children eat all they want,” he told her, “for it is not right to take the children’s bread and toss it to the dogs.” 28 “Lord,” she replied, “even the dogs under the table eat the children’s crumbs.” 29 Then he told her, “For such a reply, you may go; the demon has left your daughter.”

Mark 7:25-29

In the passage above, we see that Jesus healed the daughter of a Syrophoenician (unbeliever) woman. But before Jesus did that, He tested the woman’s faith, and she passed the test — she expressed her faith in Jesus by being persistent.

Let’s see what Jesus said to her again;

“But Jesus said unto her, let the children first be filled: for it is not meet to take the children’s bread, and to cast it unto the dogs.” Mark 7:27.

It would be easy for this woman to return home in vexation. She could have said to herself, “how would the Messiah compare me to a dog.”

That is what many of us today would have done. But rather than reacting rashly, she responded in a manner that convinced Jesus to heal her daughter even though she was an unbeliever. She persisted. And she got a positive answer.

Your faith in God must be able to stand the test of time. Your faith in God will be tested, and if you truly believe in God, you will definitely pass the test.

If this woman’s faith in God was not real, she could have stood up the moment Christ responded to her. But because she knew whom she believed, she knew that Jesus is indeed a healer, she persisted, and Jesus didn’t fail her.

Do you have faith in God today? Can your faith in God stand the test of time? Let the Syrophoenician woman be a good example for you. God bless you.

Challenge: Today, take a step of faith to do that which has been seeming difficult for you. Remember, you can do all things in Christ who helps you.


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