"But he answered her not a word." - Matthew 15:23
Mark, my soul, this feature in thy Redeemer's conduct towards the poor
woman that so long and so earnestly entreated him - "Jesus answered her
not a word." And yet, from the close of the subject, nothing can be
more evident, than that the Lord had determined, not only to grant her
petition, but to throw the reins of government, concerning herself,
into her hands so completely, that it should be as she would. Learn
then from hence how to interpret silence at the throne upon every
occasion of thine. In every dark providence, under every dispensation
of grace, never forget that Jesus's love is the same. What though he
answereth not a word; yet his whole heart is towards his redeemed.
Whatever frowns there may be in outward things, there can be none in
what concerns the real happiness of his people. Jesus may try, as in
the instance of this poor woman, the graces he gives. Faith may be hard
put to it, and silence at the throne may make temptation and exercises
of every kind more sharp and painful. But Jesus is the same, his love
the same, the merits and efficacy of his blood and righteousness the
same. These speak for thee, my soul, when they may not speak to thee.
That is a precious thought; never forget it. And remember, moreover,
covenant mercies are not suspended upon our deserts. The free grace of
God in Christ depends not upon the will or the worth of man; according
to the beautiful account by the prophet of the rain or dew of heaven,
which waiteth not for man, neither tarrieth for the sons of men.
Henceforth, therefore, my soul, do thou learn to wait at the mercy-seat
as cheerful, and with as lively actings of faith, when Jesus answereth
not a word, as when thy petitions are all complied with. "Men ought
always to pray, and not to faint," saith one that could not be
mistaken. Oh for grace and faith to take God at his word, and like Job
to say, "Though he slay me, yet will I trust in him."