Are we prepared to hear and change?
This passage is all about the Jews who do not want to hear or accept the teachings of Jesus, and therefore Jesus goes into Gentile territory. In this territory, he performs a miracle for a Gentile woman with great faith. This passage teaches us the grace of Jesus and about the faith of people in need. It teaches about the coming of the kingdom to the Gentiles who will be sent into all the world. They would know that it was the Lord’s desire that all come to salvation.
This passage therefore instructs us as well, that we are to take the message of grace to the world, to whoever is seeking mercy and will believe. If there is opposition and refusal, we may continue to pray, but our challenge is to turn to people who want it. The Spirit of God has prepared the message of the Gospel of Jesus for others to receive. Why is it that we as the church spend the greatest amount of energy on those who do not want to here? May we open our eyes and hearts and share with those who are desperate to hear his Good News.
Prayer: Lord help us spread your word where you have prepared the hearts of the hearers. Amen.
Today’s devotion was written by Dieter Punt, Pastor at Holy Trinity Lutheran Church in Troutman, NC.