Reasoning with God

“The woman came and knelt before him, “Lord, help me!” she said.  He replied, “It is not right to take the children’s bread and toss it to the dogs.”  “Yes it is, Lord,” she said. “Even the dogs eat the crumbs that fall from their master’s table.”  Matthew 15:25-27.

Verses chosen from today’s Bible reading; Matthew 14-16.

The woman in this story reasoned with Jesus.

The woman wanted help, but Jesus gave her the reason He couldn’t help her.

The woman did not settle for the answer given.  She had a need and she knew that Jesus could help her.  She wouldn’t take “No” for an answer.

In the next chapter Peter tried to reason with Jesus.  Jesus said that He was going to go to the cross and Peter (selfishly?) told Him He shouldn’t.  Jesus called Peter “Satan” for that.

How were the two requests different?  The woman’s request was about seeking help for someone else.  It helped that the woman recognized that even outsiders could be part of God’s kingdom.

Peter’s request revolved around his wondering what would become of him if Jesus left.  His request was selfish and unreasonable.

I must be mindful of Who God is when I pray to Him.  Circumstances may present troubling scenarios, but God is well aware of them.  He has the capability to alter the unalterable.

My requests must bring glory to God?

“Lord, I need You every second.  I need to get my goals aligned with Your Will.  Help me, Lord.”

I can talk to God.  He listens.  He understands.  He is a great One to converse with.

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