Meet Zoey, our lovable puppy! Like all (or most) dogs I’m sure, this is her position every time we eat: under the kitchen table, waiting for crumbs to fall. It reminds me of the account in Matthew 15 and the words spoken between the Canaanite woman and Jesus. Spurgeon wrote so beautifully of this encounter…
“And she said, ‘Truth, Lord: yet the dogs eat of the crumbs which fall from their master’s table…’ (Matthew 15:27). This woman gained comfort in her misery by thinking GREAT THOUGHTS OF CHRIST. The Master had talked about the children’s bread: ‘Now,’ argued she, ‘since Thou art the Master of the table of grace, I know that Thou art a generous housekeeper, and there is sure to be abundance of bread on Thy table; there will be such an abundance for the children that there will be crumbs to throw on the floor for the dogs, and the children will fare none the worse because the dogs are fed.’ She thought Him one who kept so good a table that all that she needed would only be a crumb in comparison; yet remember, what she wanted was to have the devil cast out of her daughter. It was a very great thing to her, but she had such a high esteem of Christ, that she said, ‘It is nothing to Him, it is but a crumb for Christ to give.’ This is the royal road to comfort. Great thoughts of your sin alone will drive you to despair; but great thoughts of Christ will pilot you into the haven of peace.”
The royal road to comfort: knowing that your greatest need is nothing to Christ (it is but a “crumb”) because He is held in such high esteem in your eyes.
What is weighing you down or driving you even to “misery” perhaps, like this woman? Better yet, what “great thoughts of Christ” can you remind yourself of today?