Attitude of Humility

Sep 20, 2023 | The Chuck Wagon

But she answered and said to Him, “Yes, Lord, but even the dogs under the table feed on the children’s crumbs.”
Mark 7:28; NASB

A Gentile woman who had asked Jesus to cast a demon out of her daughter gave this answer to Him. When she asked this of Him, He answered, “Let the children be satisfied first, for it is not good to take the children’s bread and throw it to the dogs” (v27). The “children” Jesus referred to were His disciples, and the “dogs” were the Gentiles. She was a Greek Gentile, making her one of the “dogs.” Matthew called her a “Canaanite woman” in Mt. 15:22. Jesus did not mean this language in a derogatory sense, but as a separator of the two cultures. Most of us would have taken Jesus’ answer as a “no” and gone away dejected and without hope, but she did not. Instead, she humbled herself before Jesus, faithfully hoping He would see her desperation and respond.

What the Gentile woman displayed here is an example of the humility we should have in our everyday lives, especially when seeking the Lord. Scripture tells us to “Humble yourselves in the presence of the Lord, and He will exalt you” (James 4:10). This is exactly what this woman did. Too often we go to the Lord expecting Him to respond according to our perceived needs, only to be disappointed when He doesn’t provide what we think we need. This woman reacted according to faith in that she was addressing the Lord. Her response seems so outstanding to us today because we have lost the meaning of being humble.

It is not unusual to hear church leaders today saying we should “declare” something we want from the Lord and expect Him to provide it. I have even heard it preached by popular leaders that we need to tell God what good deeds we have done in expectation of His reciprocating by giving us what we want. This is the height of arrogance and should never be done. It is one thing to cry out to the Lord in desperation, stating how you have been faithful. It is quite another to list your “good deeds” expecting a reward.

Proverbs 29:23 tells us, “A man’s pride will bring him low, but a humble spirit will obtain honor.” We must always remember that we are sinners who have been saved by God’s grace, not by our own merits. The apostle Paul wrote, “by grace you have been saved through faith; and that not of yourselves, it is the gift of God; not as a result of works, so that no one may boast” (Eph. 2:8-9). The only reason we can approach God at all is because, by His grace, He says we can. Our repentance and belief in Christ’s death and resurrection provides everlasting life with Him. His blood washes our sins away, but we remain sinners. That sinful nature will be with us until our last breath in this life. We should never demand, declare, or insist on anything from God expecting Him to do what we say.

The Bible says, “the reward of humility and the fear of the Lord are riches, honor, and life” (Prov. 22:4). God provides the riches, honor, and life according to His will, not ours. Be humble in all you do, praising God for His grace and mercy. He is an awesome God who loves you and wants what is best for you. Humble yourself before Him and pray for His will to be done in your life. The attitude of humility that Canaanite woman displayed before Jesus is one we should all seek to possess.

Have a great week and God bless.

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