Today we conclude our discussion of the woman of great faith found in Matthew Chapter 15. My final observation — and my grandfather Dr. Schuller said it best — “God’s delays are not God’s denials,” and this is a great statement of faith! As we shared previously: Jesus is in Phoenicia, and this woman keeps yelling out repeatedly, “Lord, heal my daughter!” And what does He say? Not a word, until His disciples said, “Tell her to go away,” as they felt annoyed and harassed by her cries for help. But she would not go away and did not accept “No” for an answer.
Maybe you’re crying out to God and asking Him for something, but you only hear silence. Sometimes God gives you a space to become a different kind of person. I want to reiterate that the win is in the waiting. You can fix your eye on a goal or an achievement, but becoming someone who can develop that type of success is where you want your focus. You can grow, change, and mature as you wait on God.
Friend, continue to work on yourself as you depend on God. I imagine the woman of faith worked on her patience and trust in God’s ability to heal, not focusing on the current situation of a sick daughter. It took time, but God heard her and healed her daughter. We can follow the example of her faith because God’s delays are not God’s denials.