Wednesday: 8th August, 2018 i
Reference text: Matthew 15:21-28
Matthew 15:23 But he answered her not a word. And his disciples came and besought him, saying, Send her away; for she crieth after us.
In desperate times, people do desperate things: they take decisions they may never have intended to and do things they never would if the situation was any different. If there is one thing that sticks out for me in the Gospel of today with the Canaanite woman, Jesus and his disciples, it is the fact that sometimes, one can’t depend on others to plead their case for them- you have to do so yourself.
The disciples are not presented in very good light because as far as this woman’s plea was concerned, their primary interest was not in helping to obtain her request, but to get Jesus to do something about the situation so there was some quiet. If their words can be paraphrased: ‘master, do something about this situation: just send her away because she keeps bothering us with all her screaming and shouting’.
Considering the fact that Jesus had not spoken a word to her till this moment, any reliance on the pleas of these disciples would have been of little use to her case. Hence, a thumbs up to her for choosing to jump into the ring with Jesus and pleading her own case. Beloved, even though we sometimes trust other people to handle matters for us- even the most delicate of issues and have absolute confidence that they do have our interests at heart, somethings these matters are never handled as they should.
The disciples of Jesus, though followers, were also human and had their very own needs: on this occasion, some peace and quiet. Unfortunately, this woman’s shouting was not helping to make this a reality. Therefore, their intervention leaned towards their own interests and would have done nothing more than deprive the woman of what she sought. My dear, let us always be prepared to pray for ourselves, take some initiatives and seek for ways to forge ahead because we cannot always have others do them for us.
Remember # sometimes, to get it done as it should be, you have to do it yourself.
Others will pray for you, but not as you would pray for you.