Scriptures: Matthew 15: 21-28
In this passage of scripture, Jesus says to the Canaanite woman "O woman, great is thy faith...your request is granted." Her daughter, who had a demon within her severly tormenting her, was instantly healed.
This Canaanite woman, who was a Gentile and an emeny of Israel, was desperate for help. Her desperation drove her to Jesus. This took a lot of courage and a great deal of humility!
At first Jesus seemed removed from this woman, giving her no reply, while the disciples said: "tell her to leave...she is bothering us." Jesus tells her that He was not sent to help her. What He was saying was: "the Jews have the first opportunity to accept Him as Messiah." Her time to be helped would be down the road.
But then something amazing happens: "Then came she and worshipped Him, saying, Lord, help me." Jesus says: "It is not right to take food from the children and throw it to the dogs." Jesus calls her a dog, which was a common attitude shared by Jews of His day. But the woman did not argue or retreat!
Some people would rather be right than correct, but not this woman! Her need dissolved her pride and she asked for crumbs, just something that would fall from the master's table.
We must ask ourselves: would crumbs be enough? Just small morsels falling from the master's table! Could our own desperation lead to sincere faith? This woman went from the need of her daughter to "Lord, help me." It was a cry of worship from a person of humility.
Jesus is not removed from us today, "but maybe we should not demand so much and just accept a few crumbs." The right attitude of worship will get a response from God. We must be able to say: "I would rather be wrong in myself, but correct with God." Look what great power those crumbs had: "and her daughter was made whole from that very hour."