Are you experiencing an extremely difficult time? Do you know where to find help? Have you been turned away by people you thought you could trust? Are others unable to help? Have you cried out to God?
We may experience an extremely difficult situation. It may be a situation that no one else can help with. We may be exasperated, exhausted, and at our wits end. We may think there is no one who can help, nowhere to turn for relief.
In today’s passage, we see a woman who was in the midst of an extreme situation. Her daughter was demon-possessed. There was no one who could help. She had heard of a man who some considered a prophet. She had heard he could perform miracles. She grasped at what she thought was her last straw, her last chance for help.
The apostles wanted to send her away. After all, she was not a Jew. She was a foreigner who was disliked at best, hated by many Jews. They did not think Jesus should be bothered by her. But Jesus stopped, took time to teach a quick lesson, and cast out the demon.
Jesus made the point to His apostles that no one is beyond His help. He is always available to help those who are desperate, distressed, or in dire straits. Jesus is waiting for each of us to cry out to Him in our times of trouble. He longs to rescue us when we have nowhere else to turn. But He is also available to us at all times—good or bad.
I pray we all turn to Jesus when we experience difficulty. I pray we remember Him in good times. I pray each one of us will rely on Jesus every moment of every day. Turn to Jesus. Rely on Jesus. Cry out to Jesus in your need. Trust Jesus to answer. Know that He is ready and willing to help.
Matthew 15:22 A Canaanite woman from that vicinity came to him, crying out, “Lord, Son of David, have mercy on me! My daughter is demon-possessed and suffering terribly.”