Faith and the Canaanite Woman
Ichabod Spencer in speaking the faith of the Canaanite woman makes a valuable comment on faith. It can be sometimes that people will not trust Christ unless they first believe they are a child of God. This trouble is often found among a person who wonders if he is a true or false convert.
How often, how very often, amid the miserable hearts of this world, do we find persons extremely desirous to feel that they are the children of God, before they venture a single word of prayer! Because they do not feel so, they are afraid to pray—afraid to hope—afraid to commit themselves to any perseverance—afraid to take a low place at Christ’s feet, like this woman, and lie there and plead. This woman ventured all this without a word or a thought that she was a child of God. The greatness of her faith appears in this, that she just acted faith, instead of hunting around her heart first, to see if she had got any. Herein she was a good example for many a sinner that resorts to this sanctuary. If they would but go to Christ as they are, as sinners, as undone sinners, believing that he would accept such, many a dark day would be turned into a bright one—many a heavy and hesitating heart would make this woman’s proof of Christ, and get this woman’s answer: O woman, great is thy faith: be it unto thee even as thou wilt.
Faith does not look into the heart for knowledge of salvation. It looks to Christ alone. Faith is a gift of God but that does not mean you must wait till you wake up believing one day. God gives faith through the word of Christ. So now, as you hear of Christ who has paid for your pardon on the cross, given his life for your salvation, and calls all men to himself, will you answer his call and come to Him, will you place your faith and trust in him alone?