Monday, February 01, 2016

Will You See?


Mark 7:24 And from thence he arose, and went into the borders of Tyre and Sidon, and entered into the house, and would have no man know it, but he could not be hid.

On two occasions in my life I have had the privilege of getting a tour of the White House. Unfortunately, on neither occasion did I see the President. Most people who gain an audience with the President do so because they either further the agenda of the White House or because they are a person of high station. We tend to take this reality and transfer it to our thinking about God. We think that those who are of high station gain an audience with God while those who are not of high station do not gain audience. Nothing could be further from the truth, and this is illustrated in the story of a Gentile woman with a demon-possessed daughter who gained an audience with the Lord Jesus.

Mark 7:26-27 says, "The woman was a Greek, a Syrophenician by nation; and she besought him that he would cast forth the devil out of her daughter. But Jesus said unto her, Let the children first be filled: for it is not meet to take the children's bread, and cast it unto the dogs." Basically, Jesus was saying that He was sent to the children of Israel first and that she was a Gentile. Lest we mistake his intentions, Jesus was not putting this woman off. He was testing her faith and teaching His disciples that Jesus is only hidden from those who will not see.

Now this woman was a Greek, Syrophenician from Tyre and Sidon with a daughter who had an unclean sprit. Yet, Jesus answered her request, not because of her high station but because of her humble heart. This was in stark contrast to the religious leaders who had just rejected Jesus. Their high station blinded them to their great need and to God's Son.

It is a humble heart that gains audience with Jesus. I don't know what your need is, but I do know that God never condescends to people like us because we are good, but because He is. Jesus may seem remote to you today, but be assured that anyone who has a humble heart can establish fellowship with the Lord Jesus. Jesus is only hidden from those who will not see. If you have a heart to see, then you will be heard.

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