Ready and Willing

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.”

Published by martypressey

Marty is a Pastor, retired Marine and dedicated Christian who has taught adult Bible classes and preached for 20 years. He currently serves as pastor of 3 United Methodist Churches. He believes being well-grounded in the Scriptures is key to living a better life. He brings a layman’s viewpoint to all his classes and sermons, helping others understand how to apply Scripture to their daily lives. When he sees others understand the message of a particular passage, it brings him great joy. He has seen his faith increase exponentially over the years; fully believing God has a plan and is executing it. He feels blessed to be part of that plan.

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