When rejected by asking God for something do we lose faith? This can be a small reason why we feel tired in or walk. We simply feel God isn’t concerned with our needs. When in actuality that’s just plan selfish and unwise.
The circumstances and customs of this world might be against you, however even when God denies something it means still He is for you. He has a better plan. Psalm 37:4 Delight thyself also in the Lord: and he shall give thee the desires of thine heart. What shall we then say to these things? If God be for us, who can be against us? Romans 8:31
When the mother of a demon-possessed girl came to Jesus, she broke every rule of society. Jews like Jesus did not associate with non-Jews like this woman. For a non-Jewish woman to approach a Jewish man was as taboo as interracial marriage before the Civil Rights Movement. Clearly, this woman was desperate to petition Jesus for her daughter’s healing.
Even after Jesus said “no,” the woman was not disheartened and her faith was not hindered. She pressed on and Jesus healed her daughter. This woman received the change she desired for her daughter because her faith was tireless, even in the face of discouraging circumstances.
This woman’s courageous, persistent faith is the kind of faith God wants for us. If we want to see change in our own lives, we must have the faith to persevere. Faith is the precursor to change.
Will we chase after Christ against all man made customs in churchs to receive Yes by faith? Can he find great faith in our weakness and hug favorable times? Can we cause wonder in The Eyes of The Christ by being loyal no matter Yes or no. Faith indeed is the precursor to change!
Question for Devotion:
1) When was the last time you were so desperate to see Jesus move that you stopped caring what other people think? What stops you from having that kind of bold faith all the time?
2) How do you respond when God doesn’t answer prayers right away? What can you learn from the mother of the demon-possessed girl?
3) Is there anything that you hesitate to talk to God about? What’s holding you back?