Subject: May 27th — Daily Devotional by Watchman Nee

But he answered and said, I was not sent but unto the lost sheep of the house of Israel. Matthew 15.24.

Why does the Lord say this to her? To give this woman a handle to hold on to. Though He is sent to the house of Israel, it is nevertheless only to the lost sheep that He is sent. "The lost sheep" has a much wider scope. Is not this woman a lost sheep? May she not receive grace? If only she will acknowledge that she is a lost sheep. The Lord throws out to her a distant thought. His not answering her at first (v.23) is not a rejection; rather, a silent permission. Although He does not open His mouth at the beginning, His heart is aching with love to show her grace. Unless the woman stands on the ground of a sinner, He is unable to answer her request. Let us see that the silent delay of God is not outright rejection. His delay is not an indication of any indifference, He is instead waiting for us to come around.

The Lord My Portion by Watchman Nee

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