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“Then Jesus answered, ‘Woman, you have great faith! Your request is granted.’ And her daughter was healed from that very hour.” (Matthew 15:28)
She came like a dog, begging Jesus for a morsel of mercy. This woman, this Gentile, she broke all the rules. But she was desperate. Her daughter was “suffering terribly from demon-possession” and she knew Jesus could help. When He seemed to ignored her she persisted until finally he pronounced her daughter healed.
What moved Jesus to action? Was it the woman’s audacity and persistence? Was it an emotional ploy that elicited his sympathy? Scripture tells us it was her faith. She had mountain-moving, rule-breaking, life-giving faith.
I was walking the other day when I noticed a sign for a building contractor that read “Faith Construction and Remodeling”. It got me thinking about how our faith ought always to be “under construction.” Faith needs to grow, not be held captive in a tidy theological box.
Our faith should always be expanding, deepening, and sending out shoots. It develops by undergoing adjustments and alterations. Like clothes that have grown too small, faith wants us to feel uncomfortable until we find bigger sizes. The trials we encounter are intended to serve that very purpose – to enlarge us, not demolish us.
Sometimes we step back from faith. Perhaps we believed for things that never happened and never fully recouped. But it’s wrong to think it’s safer to maintain a distance and not risk jeopardizing what little faith we think we have left.
A close friend of mine died last year. Even as her body grew weaker and weaker, I had faith that she would recover, right up to the end. I was deeply distressed at her death, but I realized that my faith in God was not misplaced. I don’t regret one second of my prayers for her. I just saw in part.
Wouldn’t you love to hear the Lord say to you, “Woman [or man] you have great faith”? The Canaanite woman’s faith was great because it was unusual. There are situations in your life and mine that call for unusual faith. Let’s put on our hard hats and let our faith be a part of ongoing construction.
Lord, I yearn to hear You say that I have great faith. Would you increase my faith that I may have unusual faith? Amen
Question: What’s holding you back from letting God reconstruct your faith?