And he answered, “It is not right to take the children’s bread and throw it to the dogs.” She said, “Yes, Lord, yet even the dogs eat the crumbs that fall from their masters’ table.”
If you’re like most people, you have times when you don’t feel like you’re “good enough” for something. We can feel like we’re not smart enough, handsome enough, pretty enough, talented enough or athletic enough. And the world around us does a pretty good job of reminding us just how bad we are at just about everything.
Even worse, we can feel like we’re not good enough for God to love us. We’ll never be good enough to save our own soul, but nothing can make us unworthy of the Lord and His love.
In today’s scripture, the Canaanite woman doesn’t let doubts keep her from approaching Jesus and asking Him to heal her daughter. Jesus was sent to minister mainly to the people of Israel, and not to the people of Canaan or other countries. That’s what He’s telling her when He says that “It is not right to take the children’s bread and throw it to the dogs.” But the woman had great faith in God and His love. She knew that masters had enough love for children and their pets, and was willing to even take the crumbs left over after the meal. Jesus was so impressed by her faith that He healed the woman’s daughter from a great distance.
You may feel unworthy of God’s love, but remember that His love extends to everyone. If you approach the Lord in faith, He will always welcome you with open arms.
Reflection copyright © 2017 Doug DeBolt.
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