Job 22-24 (The Daily Walk Bible).

Have you ever had a time where you felt that God wasn’t near, wasn’t listening, or didn’t care? Traditionally a time like that has been identified as a “dark night of the soul.” Some think that a time like that is represented by Matthew 15:21-28.

“And Jesus went away from there and withdrew to the district of Tyre and Sidon. And behold, a Canaanite woman from that region came out and was crying, ‘Have mercy on me, O Lord, Son of David; my daughter is severely oppressed by a demon.’ But he did not answer her a word. And his disciples came and begged him, saying, ‘Send her away, for she is crying out after us.’ He answered, ‘I was sent only to the lost sheep of the house of Israel.’ But she came and knelt before him, saying, ‘Lord, help me.’ And he answered, ‘It is not right to take the children’s bread and throw it to the dogs.’ She said, ‘Yes, Lord, yet even the dogs eat the crumbs that fall from their masters’ table.’ Then Jesus answered her, ‘O woman, great is your faith! Be it done for you as you desire.’ And her daughter was healed instantly.”

Here, the woman cries out, there is no answer, she persists, and ultimately is rewarded for her faith. The thought behind the “dark night of the soul” idea is that God will occasionally test us to stretch our faith. Will we be persistent? Will we continue to trust? Will we stay faithful even when we don’t understand what is going on or why God is silent?

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