We are living in the era of side dishes where many commitments have been watered down by alternatives. People always approach life with a plan B just incase plan A fails. Whereas this has much to do with the many instances of betrayals that we have faced from those that we trust, it robs us the joy of being focused. Unfortunately there are those of us also approach God with this mindset. This makes it difficult to completely surrender to God’s will because when God does not come through for us as expected, we result to plan B and start engaging diviners, witchdoctors, traditionalists, etc. That is what happened to King Saul who visited a witch when God refused to hear him because of his unrepentant heart and in doing so sealed his own death. God is a jealous God who does not share his glory with anyone. If God is not God of all that we have, then He is not God at all. The scriptural story of a Canaanite woman who pursued Jesus for the healing of her daughter is one we can learn from. This woman approached Jesus tenaciously and without a plan B. Even when Jesus appeared difficult, ignored her and compared her to a dog, the woman humbled herself under Jesus feet and resigned her fate completely to him. She did not approach Jesus with a feeling of entitlement and knew that Jesus was not obligated to heal her daughter. She did not go arrogantly but in total surrender. Jesus was moved by the woman’s faith and instantly healed her daughter. Where do you approach God with an alternative in mind? Where is God not the Lord of all your alternatives? Do you approach God with a feeling of entitlement or in faith brought about by total surrender? The woman resigned her fate to Jesus and approached him without an alternative. Faith in God means not having an alternative. It means placing all your eggs in God’s basket and not wondering whether He will drop them. It is embracing God’s sovereign will and choice to be the best for you. May God give us a faith without alternative like that of the Canaanite woman!
““Yes it is, Lord,” she said. “Even the dogs eat the crumbs that fall from their master’s table.” Then Jesus said to her, “Woman, you have great faith! Your request is granted.” And her daughter was healed at that moment.” Matthew 15:27-28 NIV
Last modified: August 12, 2020