Have you ever tried to put air in a tire and the tire wouldn’t hold air? Well have you ever tried to push something, but the more you toiled with it, the more the object became impossible to move? Sometimes when this happens, the flesh will give in and say, “you can’t do it” “go ahead and give up” but as Christians, even when the obstacle seem tough, we must push on, we must press on, and we must not give up. The older generation had a familiar saying, “I may not know when, God is going to do it, I may not know how God is going to do it, but one thing that I do know, and that is, he will make a way, somehow.
In Mark chapter seven, verse 24 says that Jesus entered into a house and would have no man know it. You see, according to Mark’s version, this woman had to search for him and she kept pushing because she needed to dip her bucket into the living waters of Jesus.
You would think that he would jump at the chance to prove himself, to someone who was open to him, especially when the Jewish leaders were rejecting him and his message. Instead, he ignored her but finally said something that from our perspective sounds pretty rude. “I was sent only to the lost sheep of Israel.” In other words, “I’ve got the goods but you can’t have any.” Often times, I hear people say, “God want put no more on you than you can bear.”
Now, this statement can be a true statement in certain situations, cause God does know how much you can bear. But every now and then, God will sometimes allow your load to get real heavy, so you will have to look up and call on him. You see, if every day was an easy day, a day where everyone smiled and patted you on the back, a day where everything was so lovely, then most folks would then start thinking that they don’t need God. In other words, if you have all sunshine and no rain, then the garden would
dry up, but when you have proper amounts of sunshine and proper amounts of rain, then the garden will grow up. This is what God does in our lives, he sends us some sunshine but then he sends us some rains but when you put it all together in your life, then, you’ll have a beautiful garden.
The woman refused the offense and kept begging. When Jesus told her “It is not right to take the children’s bread and toss it to their dogs” she had a comeback that finally hit the mark. She would take crumbs! She said “Yes, Lord, but even the dogs eat the crumbs that fall from their masters’ table.” In other words, she realized that it would take a lot of substance from her side of it but would only take a few crumbs from Jesus’s side of it.
The Bible says, “and her daughter was healed from that very hour.” There are times when desperation gives birth to faith and faith bears results. That’s our lesson. How rarely we are in such a desperate condition that we don’t care if we are refused at first but we keep pressing and won’t take no for an answer.
Jesus is not ignoring us, so much as he is waiting to see if our condition will push us to desperation and our desperation will shove us to faith. Just always remember that Jesus is always waiting at the well of living water.
The question is are you desperate enough to keep on pushing and to keep on shoving your faith level up higher, higher, and higher?
If you are praying for brighter days to come in your life, then don’t just set around doing nothing but press on. Friends are few, press on. Getting only twenty hours a week at work, press on. Folks have counted you out, press on.
No one will give you a chance, press on. You been turned down over and over, press on. Always remember that a winner never quits and a quitter never wins. I say to you, PRESS ON.
Rev. Darrick Whitfield is pastor of Shady Grove M.B. Church, McCondy. His column appears regularly in the Chickasaw Journal.