Don’t get offended
when your faith is challenged!
There is an incident related in the Bible
… that would probably have offended most of us
if Jesus had said to us what He said to the woman of Canaan.
Then she came and worshiped Him, saying, “Lord, help me!”
But He answered and said, “It is not good to take the children’s
bread and throw it to the little dogs.”
And she said, “Yes, Lord, yet even the little dogs eat the crumbs
which fall from their masters’ table.”
Then Jesus answered and said to her,
“O woman, great is your faith! Let it be to you as you desire.”
And her daughter was healed from that very hour.
Although it may seem as if Jesus intended to offend the Canaanite woman,
… Jesus was actually challenging her faith.
As a Canaanite, she was not worthy to ask what she asked,
… but she clearly believed that Jesus was the Messiah,
… and she had faith in His ability to heal her daughter.
So for her it was not about whether she was worthy,
… but about His love and compassion to heal.
Therefore, she was not offended by His challenge,
… but determined that His love would take care of her need.
That is the faith that Jesus saw.
That is the faith that moved Jesus to act on her behalf,
That is the faith that He is looking for in our lives!
So that when your faith is challenged,
… you will not get offended,
but strengthened in your faith and trust in Him!