Just a crumb
This one-year Bible thing is really working out lately…I’m glad Jeff challenged us to do it. Not that I’ve never read the Bible through, I’ve read almost all of it at some point but not straight through in a row, beginning to end. It is so cool to go back and read some of the same stories you grew up hearing about as a kid, or a story you read a couple years ago in your daily devotional, and somehow it just keeps coming alive in a different, more vivid way.
Recently I was onto Matthew 15:1-28 last week and this passage has stuck with me. This one really gets me. A Gentile woman has come to Jesus after he’s had a long hard day with the Pharisees and disciples, and as he’s leaving Galilee heading north to another place, she begins begging him to have mercy on her and to heal her daughter who is demon possessed. The disciples ask him to just blow her off and are getting pretty annoyed at all her carrying on. But she presses on and continues to worship him. To which Jesus replies, “It isn’t right to take food from children and throw it to the dogs.” Because of her great faith and passion for the Lord Jesus she says that, “even dogs are permitted to eat crumbs from their master’s table.” And Jesus healed her daughter instantly on the spot!
This woman obviously was passionate about Jesus and knew there was power there. She adored and worshipped him. To her, she didn’t care- if she could get just a glimpse, a hint, just a little crumb from his table, that was satisfying to her. She knew that’s all she needed.
Man, I want to have that same passion. To run hard after just a crumb from the Master’s table. To be so in love with Jesus, to have such a hunger that even just a little bit will satisfy me like none other. To have the kind of faith that moves Jesus to action and honors him! My desire is that I (we) would pursue a love relationship with him that fills us up overflowing. Because He desires that same relationship- not just on Sunday mornings but all the time…in our car, at home, in the grocery store. What are you hungry for? Are you looking for even just a crumb?