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New Life Daily Devotion - Dec. 20, 2009

  • 2009 Dec 20

A Desperate Faith
Matthew 15:22-28

Matthew 15:22-28Sometimes the insanity of living with our own addictions or with someone who is acting in bizarre ways can cause us to become desperate for help.

Jesus dealt with a woman who was driven to him out of desperation. "A Gentile woman who lived there came to [Jesus], pleading, 'Have mercy on me, O Lord, Son of David! For my daughter is possessed by a demon that torments her severely.' But Jesus gave her no reply, not even a word. Then his disciples urged him to send her away. . . . Then Jesus said to the woman, 'I was sent only to help God's lost sheep-the people of Israel.' But she came and worshiped him, pleading again, 'Lord, help me!' Jesus responded, 'It isn't right to take food from the children and throw it to the dogs.' She replied, 'That's true, Lord, but even dogs are allowed to eat the scraps that fall beneath their masters' table.' 'Dear woman,' Jesus said to her, 'your faith is great. Your request is granted.' And her daughter was instantly healed" (Matthew 15:22-28).

It took a lot of courage for this woman to even speak to Jesus because of the racism of their time. She was despised and ridiculed for seeking an end to her family's torment, but she didn't give up. She believed God was the only one who could help her and would not be deterred. Our own desperation can lead to a sincere faith that can be a tremendous help in recovery.

When we realize that God is the only one who can help, nothing can block our recovery.


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