When God is Silent by April Motl

When God is Silent
April Motl
Matthew 15:21-28

And Jesus went away from there, and withdrew into the district of Tyre and Sidon. And behold, a Canaanite woman came out from that region, and began to cry out, saying, ''Have mercy on me, O Lord, Son of David; my daughter is cruelly demon-possessed.'' But He did not answer her a word. And His disciples came to Him and kept asking Him, saying, ''Send her away, for she is shouting out after us.'' But He answered and said, ''I was sent only to the lost sheep of the house of Israel.'' But she came and began to bow down before Him, saying, ''Lord, help me!'' And He answered and said, ''It is not good to take the children's bread and throw it to the dogs.'' But she said, ''Yes, Lord; but even the dogs feed on the crumbs which fall from their masters' table.'' Then Jesus answered and said to her, ''O woman, your faith is great; be it done for you as you wish.'' And her daughter was healed at once. Matthew 15:21-28 NASB

I wonder how many of us out there have prayed for something and felt as if God was silent. I wonder how many of us have prayed until we felt that surely our constant request had become an annoying clamoring in God's ears... because certainly we were exhausted with hearing this same prayer from our own lips and it felt like everyone around us was tired of hearing the same prayer too. But yet, the need continued to compel us to cry out for our Lord's help.

[Bible study leader can insert her own personal experience story here]

This Bible passage is for those of us who have gone through seasons where we felt like God's work went ''quiet.''

Notice in verse 23 that Jesus ''did not answer her a word.'' And the disciples were even sick of hearing this woman crying out for help. It seemed like Jesus was ignoring her! Then when He finally did give her attention, He appeared to be less than immediately sympathetic.

Have you ever been tempted to feel like God wa ...

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