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It is the Devil’s goal to keep our focus upon the little things of this life rather than upon the most important—a relationship with the Creator of the universe. “This is life eternal, that they might know thee (John 17:3).”  Rest assured that there will be many things that call for your attention in this life. Every little “thing” will rise up to distract you from forming a friendship—relationship with Christ. But for some, their need is so great that nothing will deter them from seeking Christ.

 

The Syro-Phoenician woman was one such person. She had heard of Jesus and she was determined to obtain His help for her demon-possessed daughter regardless of what she must endure. It wasn’t long before she discovered the Devil working through the twelve disciples.  They all told Jesus to “Send her away (Mat 15:23).” And for a time, even Jesus seemed ignore her pleas for help.

 

But this child of the King would not be denied the blessing she sought despite the distractions thrown in her pathway. Her daughter needed a miracle—deliverance from the demon who possessed her! She took every morsel of love for her daughter, every promise of God, bundled them up, and cast them at the feet of Jesus and He could not step over them. She knew that even little dogs are fed what’s left from the family table and had power with God and Jesus.  Then Jesus looked at her and said, “Go your way, the demon has gone out of your daughter.”     

 

Someone once said that if you want to succeed, “Keep the main thing the main thing.” Do you want to succeed in heavenly things? Is your goal to stay in the company and companionship of Jesus regardless of the circumstances? Many people leave the church because they have been offended by the elder or deacon or maybe even the pastor. I believe Jesus included this woman’s story for you and me—specifically to give us courage. No matter what may happen in your life, do not let anything distract you from embracing Jesus and remaining in His company.  Do that and you will receive the promised blessing!

 

Jim Ayer
Vice President
Adventist World Radio
General Conference