Monday, May 19, 2008

Cry Out to Jesus

Matt 15:21 Leaving that place, Jesus withdrew to the region of Tyre and Sidon. 22 A Canaanite woman from that vicinity came to him, crying out, "Lord, Son of David, have mercy on me! My daughter is suffering terribly from demon-possession."

23 Jesus did not answer a word. So his disciples came to him and urged him, "Send her away, for she keeps crying out after us."

24 He answered, "I was sent only to the lost sheep of Israel."

25 The woman came and knelt before him. "Lord, help me!" she said.

26 He replied, "It is not right to take the children's bread and toss it to their dogs."

27 "Yes, Lord," she said, "but even the dogs eat the crumbs that fall from their masters' table."

28 Then Jesus answered, "Woman, you have great faith! Your request is granted." And her daughter was healed from that very hour.

Yesterday, in church, JZ spoke on this passage. I have heard, or read, this passage so many times and have not paid that much attention to it, but I guess it hits me a little closer to home now. His title was Great Faith, because this woman truly had great faith.
When we come to the end of ourselves and the only thing we have left to do is to cry out to Jesus, this is when we act on our faith. We should remember that we are always at the end of ourselves and there is only one way out all the time, we just want to try to "handle it" ourselves.
This woman wanted her daughter healed and it didn't matter that Jesus didn't pay attention to her constant crying out, at first, she was going to get Jesus' attention because He was the only One who could heal her daughter. She was in the throne room of God, and He could heal her daughter. She knew she was "out of her league", but she didn't care about external things, because she also knew nothing, or no one, had the power to heal her daughter, except Jesus, and she was willing to do whatever she needed to do to have her daughter healed.

The points that John brought up were.
1. Great Faith Acts.
2. Great Faith is based on Repentance.
3. Great Faith always demonstrates a proper Understanding of God.
4. Great Faith never gives up.
5. Great Faith is always based on Humility.

How's your faith?
Are you trying to do "it" on your own?
Remember, God is not too busy to handle your issue. God wants us to give our burdens to Him before we come to the end of ourselves. He wants to take our burdens and cares right from the start.

"Cry Out to Jesus", Third Day.

To everyone who's lost someone they love
Long before it was their time
You feel like the days you had were not enough
when you said goodbye

And to all of the people with burdens and pains
Keeping you back from your life
You believe that there's nothing and there is no one
Who can make it right

There is hope for the helpless
Rest for the weary
And love for the broken heart
There is grace and forgiveness
Mercy and healing
He'll meet you wherever you are
Cry out to Jesus, Cry out to Jesus

For the marriage that's struggling just to hang on
They've lost all of their faith in love
And they've done all they can to make it right again
Still it's not enough

For the ones who can't break the addictions and chains
You try to give up but you come back again
Just remember that you're not alone in your shame
And your suffering


When your lonely
And it feels like the whole world is falling on you
You just reach out, you just cry out to Jesus
Cry to Jesus

To the widow who suffers with being alone
Wiping the tears from her eyes
For the children around the world without a home
Say a prayer tonight

There are so many people in the world with serious hurt, and the only source of true comfort is Jesus. We need to live our lives in such a way that they can see we have pain as well, but they need to see that the way we "deal with it" is by falling on our knees and crying out to Jesus.

Thanks JZ for the reminder.

1 comment:

Joan Dabrowski said...

Thanks Chuck. That is a song I cannot sing without tears. I am truly grateful that I can cry out to Jesus for strength and comfort. Also a good reminder to be more compassionate to what other people are going through - things we cannot even fathom. Keep writing - it's always an encouragement.