July 7, 2014

matthew15-25

Matthew 15:21-28

This woman was not a Hebrew, but she came to plead with Jesus, “Lord, help me!” How often have we called out to God like this woman? Although not a Hebrew woman, Jesus saw that she believed his mercy could stretch all the way to her—an outsider. She lived by faith and trusted Jesus would be the one to bless her and her daughter. Therefore, “crumbs” were all that she needed. She was not one of the Hebrew people, but as one with faith, was still a member of the household of God. So Jesus healed her daughter that very hour.

Today, we trust Jesus for similar blessings in and on our lives. Wherever true faith in Jesus is experienced and lived out through the power of the Holy Spirit, there divine mercy is extended. This is the good news we, as fellow believers in our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, can hear and should proclaim to every person in our world that is heavy-laden under the burdens of this world.

When we cry out in faith, “Lord, help me,” he is there to assist us. And so, Jesus answered, “Woman, you have great faith! Your request is granted.” (Matt 15:28)

Prayer: Lord, we need your healing mercy every day, and so, like that mother we pray today, Lord, help us. Amen.

Today’s devotion was written by Dieter Punt,
Pastor at Holy Trinity Lutheran Church in Troutman, NC.

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