THE CHILDREN'S BREAD: Matthew 15:22-28
Monday, June 07, 2021
Sometimes you can FEEL as though you are completely isolated; faith and hope seem like fairy tales. Relentlessly, the prince of darkness has hounded you to the edge of a cliff and hope vanishes. So many times, you may FEEL like you are riding a merry-go-round: the same fears and anxieties attack you. You FEEL your strength and power have all evaporated. You turn the ignition key of faith and patience, and nothing happens. The Word of God shoots out of your mouth, but you still sense the foreboding darkness.
Is this how a mountain climber FEELS as he reaches the summit? Having given his all, yet as he nears his goal, the tumultuous voices of his physical and mental inadequacies—the mountain’s resistance—holler another step is impossible. Our spirit is ready, but our flesh is weak (Matthew 26:41).
Spiritually, as we are transformed into the image of God’s Son, do we face these same challenges? I know we do. The faith walk is not for the uncommitted. It takes resolve because the temptation comes to slip into that carnal mindset. In Gethsemane’s pressing hours, when Jesus advised Peter to watch and pray, Jesus’ admonition revealed to Peter that spiritual forces were lying in wait to devour him (Ephesians 6:12). Satan desired to destroy Peter—to sift him like wheat (Luke 22:31-32).
As we pray and believe God to fulfill His promises for us and others, our faith will not only be challenged, but tested as well, indeed, tested by fire. When we do not see the fruition of these God-given promises, the temptation to walk by sight looms large. It appears easier to abandon faith and speak doubt and unbelief.
But we are God’s children purchased by the blood of Jesus! We qualify for the children’s bread unlike the Samaritan woman in Matthew 15:24, 26. She came to Jesus and asked Him to help her. She was in desperate need. Her daughter was in a terrible state. This mother so deeply concerned for her child turned to Jesus even though she knew she could be rejected. She clearly acknowledged her position, her unworthiness. But she understood His mercy. Even dogs are allowed to eat “of the crumbs” that fall to the ground.
Jesus’ generous response to this desperate mother’s request demonstrates our Father’s willingness and delight to feed His children. Does not God prepare a table for us in the presence of our enemies? God will not shortchange His kids. In truth, to know this event took place boosts my spiritual resolve to receive the bread my heavenly Father has provided for me!
No matter what challenge of faith, hope, and love that threatens me, I know God is on my side! My kinsman-Redeemer has overcome the world on my behalf (John 16:33). In Christ, all God’s promises are Yes and Amen. God has provided the children’s bread—true light that dispels the darkness of obscurity, fear, weariness, sickness, and disease, and much more (Galatians 3:13). Jesus is the Bread of life (Romans 8:1-2).
The wonderful thing about our faith walk is we never lose. When the enemy and our circumstances continue to shout “You can’t! You won’t!" step up to the home plate, take a bite of the children’s bread, and swing away! No matter how many strikeouts we make, if we continue to step up to the plate and take a swing of faith, I am sure God smiles, thinking, “Look. These are My heroes; they never give up!” (Colossians 1:23)