Receiving Even Without a Promise
Daily Devotional for March 2nd
Then came she and worshipped him, saying, Lord, help me. But he answered and said, It is not meet to take the children’s bread, and to cast it to dogs. And she said, Truth, Lord: yet the dogs eat of the crumbs which fall from their masters’ table. Then Jesus answered and said unto her, O woman, great is thy faith: be it unto thee even as thou wilt. And her daughter was made whole from that very hour. Matthew 15:25-28
When Jesus walked the earth over 2000 years ago, it became evident very quickly that He came to change lives. With an ever-growing number of individuals touched by the Saviour, faith and hope grew within every heart who beheld Him. The same is true of us today. Though many have tried to convince the world otherwise, Jesus has never stopped desiring to touch and change lives for the better. Even in 2018, He has never stopped healing, delivering, saving and everything else the devil has succeeded in oppressing mankind with.
Today we find it difficult to muster up enough faith to receive even the things that God has clearly promised He would do for us. In the days of Jesus, we read on more than a few occasions where men and women believed and received, even though they had no promise on which to base their faith. The woman with the issue of blood in Mark 6 had no clear promise of healing, but chose to believe anyway. The man who brought His son to the disciples and was denied, but then came to Jesus in Matthew 17 and was not denied. This Syrophoenician woman had no promise at all that Jesus would answer her cry for her daughter. She simply had a need and sought the deliverer. Even when it seemed Jesus was attempting to discourage her because she wasn’t a Jew and cause her to walk away empty handed, she persisted in faith. This was what Jesus was desiring to see all along. He would afterward gladly move to heal her daughter.
Can we trust God even though we have no clear promise He will answer? The answer is an obvious yes! What gives us the right to believe God will move for us since we do not have a clear promise? It all has to do with His character; who He is! Once you understand God’s character, that understanding will prompt you to trust that He will deliver, heal and set free. As much as a clear promise from God’s word will drive us to Jesus to receive, this is not the only thing that will. In the Gospels, it was more evident that the Jesus’ perceived willingness to deliver drove people to Him. It was and forever will be the love of God which moves Him toward us! You can have nothing except knowing Jesus loves you and that would be enough to know He will not leave you bound or oppressed when you call out on His wonderful name! Is it possible to receive things from God even though you personally have never been given the promise to receive? As much as that is true, it is also true that people do not receive from God even though God has promised they could. It is all a matter of faith.
You may be in a situation today where you have no clear promise that Jesus will touch you but so much desire to be delivered of your condition. Friend it is your faith in Jesus that moves Him to touch you. Although God has promised many wonderful promises, some people just cannot see a clear path to their own individual healing. God’s character; who He is, is enough to place your faith in. He loves you. He wants to move on your behalf. Will you trust Him enough, although you do not have a chiseled in stone promise, to believe He will deliver? Not having a clear promise did not prevent them from receiving what they needed from God. Genuine faith is resistant to obstacles and persistent in the face of doubts.