Great Faith (Mother’s Day Sermon)
Matthew 15:22 – 28
It’s Mother’s Day today so I’m sharing a message about a special mother whom the Lord Jesus Christ
has commended. Her faith as described by the Lord Jesus Christ as “great faith”. This mother’s faith
survived five difficult tests and, in each test, she did very well. Our faith be will be tried and tested
too. Will the Lord see your faith as “great faith “also? I hope and pray that the answer would be
“yes”. Let’s see what this mother’s faith has endured.
I. Great Faith Endures the Test of Trouble. “My daughter is grievously vexed…”
A. Blessing is often carried on the wings of adversity.
1. So it was with this woman.
2. She was a Canaanite–a member of the remnant of the magnificent, ancient,
Phoenician civilization–a pagan who dabbled in the sterile and lifeless religion of
3. Her daughter, who probably flirted with the occult, became a victim of demonic
4. Her periodic thrashing and screams and convulsive behavior terrified the
5. She had seen it before and knew her daughter needed help.
6. Disenchanted by her impotent religion, the Canaanite woman made her way to
Jesus who was sojourning on the coasts of Tyre.
B. What kind of adversity are you facing?
1. Your trouble may be a sickness, a financial difficulty, or a relational crisis.
2. A trial is usually considered an enemy, but if it brings us face to face with Jesus,
trouble can be our friend.
3. Troubles can cause us to release our idols, turn from our self-sufficiency, and
plead for His mercy.
4. But trouble can also tempt us to collapse emotionally, to give in to depression,
and to take a plunge into the sea of sensuality.
5. However, the Canaanite woman’s faith caused her hopeless religion and come
II. Great Faith Endures the Test of Unanswered Prayer. “But he answered her not a word”
A. When this desperate woman petitioned Christ, He was silent–absolutely silent.
1. Not one word of encouragement passed through His lips.
2. Have you ever knocked at Heaven’ door, and it seemed that no one was home?
3. There is nothing more agonizing than to pray and to feel like you are talking to
4. The silence of Heaven tests us
5. It is during times of silence that our faith is being examined in the “laboratory of
life” to refine its quality.
B. We certainly are not alone!
1. Abraham endured seventeen years of silence before Isaac was born.
2. Moses endured forty years of silence in the dry, hot, barren waste-land of Sinai
before God called him at the burning bush.
3. Mary’s urgent prayer about her brother’s sickness reached Jesus, and our Lord
waited two whole days before embarking on His journey to Bethany. Lazarus
4. Why did the Savior delay? Maybe a resurrected Lazarus could bring more glory
to God than a healed brother.
C. The Bible tells us that “his way is perfect” (Ps. 18:30)
1. His delays are not without purpose and design.
2. His delays play havoc with our emotions, often crush our hopes, but they test
our faith and confidence.
3. “Great faith” endures Heaven’s silence and waits patiently for Him
III. Great Faith Endures the Test of Indifference. “…Send her away; for she crieth after us”
A. How would you like to go to these men for counselling?
1. The disciples saw this woman as a nuisance.
2. Her need annoyed them.
3. Her crying and petitions tugged at their conscience, frustrated their goals, and
interrupted their schedule.
4. They saw her as a problem that they had no desire to deal with.
B. Not only does the silence of Heaven test us, but so does the indifference of others.
1. Some of the best and worst counsel you will ever receive will be from others.
2. Just because counsel comes from a Christian does not mean that it is from
3. The disciples did not understand Jesus, nor did they have Heaven’s perspective.
4. Sometimes, the average Christian views “people problems”
a. As an annoyance instead of an opportunity to serve.
b. As a source of irritation rather than a chance to Glorify God.
c. Sometimes, the average church really doesn’t want to grow or to reach out
to troubled people.
d. Most members will not admit it, but deep down inside they don’t want
more people, more change, or more stretching.
e. It is sad to say, but the attitude is more often than not, “send them away.”
C. If you have a need do not get discouraged; keep going to Jesus.
1. He knows your need.
2. He understands your pain.
3. He cares.
4. You may be looking for a crutch upon which to lean, but Jesus is the “Rock of
Ages” on whom you can rest.
IV. Great Faith Endures the Test of Humility.
A. God resists the proud, but gives grace unto the humble.
1. Jesus’ answer to this woman’s request was one that humbled her.
2. In a sense, He put her in her place. “But he answered and said, I am not sent but
unto the lost sheep of the house of Israel”
3. This was the last thing this woman wanted to hear, but she did not get
4. She prayed on, “Then came she and worshipped him, saying, Lord, help me”.
B. Jesus continues to test her faith.
1. “But he answered and said, “It is not right to take the children’s bread, and to
cast it to dogs.”
2. Jesus corrected this woman a second time.
a. He insisted that the blessing of Israel belonged to the Jews and not to the
b. Furthermore, He humbled this woman by calling her a “dog.”
c. If the Lord had said this in today’s society He would have been called a
‘racist’ and a ‘male chauvinist’!
3. She refuse to give up.
a. “And she said, Truth, Lord; yet the dogs eat of the crumbs which fall from
their master’s table”.
b. Not only did she receive the rebuke, but she honored Him by responding,
c. “No” and “Lord” do not belong in the same sentence, do they?
d. This pleased the Lord; He complimented her faith and granted her request.
This woman had “great faith” because she endured the tests sent to her from Heaven.
She did not collapse, quit, give up, or faint because of the hardships. She pressed on
until the Lord granted her request. Are you passing through a humbling trial? Maybe you
have lost a job, failed in business, or are going through a trial. Like this woman, adorn
yourself with humility. If Heaven is silent, or if your prayers appear to be unanswered,
maybe you are being tested. There is always a possibility of a “yes” where He has not
pronounced a “no.”
Maybe you are in a period of refinement. Don’t give up! Let patience have its perfect
work. When God is finished with you, may it be said of you that you have “great faith.”
Whatever your need this morning, I encourage you to come to Jesus. Do you need
salvation? Come to Him. Do you need to pray for your family members? Come to Him.
Do you need direction? Come to Him.