Get rid of offense
But He answered and said, “It is not good to take the children’s bread and throw it to the little dogs.” Matthew 15:26
Today we are reading about the woman that came to Jesus with a demon possessed daughter. She was from Canaan which probably meant that she was half Jewish and half some other nationality. She was shunned and detested by the Israeli people. When she came to Jesus, the disciples wanted to tell her to go away. I’m sure they were surprised when Jesus actually talk to her. During His conversation with her, Jesus speaks what looks like an insult to her. He calls her a little dog. She had the opportunity right then and there to be offended and not receive anything from Him. Instead, she pressed in and humbled herself and that is when Jesus noticed her faith. He told her she had great faith and that He had given her what she was desiring, the demons cast out of her daughter.
We have many occasions today to be offended at the things going on around us. We can be offended by the ridiculousness going on in our government. We can be offended by the pandemic restrictions. We can even be insulted by new laws that seemingly take away our rights. However, taking the opportunity to be offended is not what brings answered prayer, it is faith. Despite the world view of today, we still need to be in faith. If you feel yourself becoming angry and irritated with your surroundings, you are on the road to offense. If you surrender to those feelings, your faith will not be activated.
An example of being offended is when I started a new job. I had the opportunity to become irritated and annoyed by the way I was treated because of a seniority and entitlement mentality. Instead, I remained full of faith to do my job as I was expected to without murmuring and complaining and I kept a thankful heart. Thankful for a job, thankful for work and thankful for my Father’s love. Being faithful and thankful opened the doors to a position that never existed before so that I was able to walk out my job each day without having the complaints that the others did.
Today I want to encourage you not to become offended. Don’t let the outward circumstances of the world around you determine your words, thoughts and ideas. Stay in faith a believer that God has a plan above your surroundings and surrender all your hurts and distresses over to Him to carry far from you. Remain consistently in faith in the little things and the big, and soon the doors will open around you to a whole life that is beyond the one you are living right now.
Today’s scripture reading: Matthew 15:21-28
21 Then Jesus went out from there and departed to the region of Tyre and Sidon.
22 And behold, a woman of Canaan came from that region and cried out to Him, saying, “Have mercy on me, O Lord, Son of David! My daughter is severely demon-possessed.”
23 But He answered her not a word. and His disciples came and urged Him, saying, “Send her away, for she cries out after us.”
24 But He answered and said, “I was not sent except to the lost sheep of the house of Israel.”
25 Then she came and worshiped Him, saying, “Lord, help me!”
26 But He answered and said, “It is not good to take the children’s bread and throw it to the little dogs.”
27 And she said, “Yes, Lord, yet even the little dogs eat the crumbs which fall from their masters’ table.”
28 Then Jesus answered and said to her, “O woman, great is your faith! Let it be to you as you desire.” And her daughter was healed from that very hour.