Tuesday, June 1, 2010

Lessons from an unnamed woman of faith

A familiar story from God's Word struck me on a different chord today. The most detailed version of this story is found in Mark 5:25-34. Take your time and read the account slowly.

And a woman was there who had been subject to bleeding for twelve years. 26 She had suffered a great deal under the care of many doctors and had spent all she had, yet instead of getting better she grew worse. 27 When she heard about Jesus, she came up behind him in the crowd and touched his cloak, 28 because she thought, “If I just touch his clothes, I will be healed.” 29 Immediately her bleeding stopped and she felt in her body that she was freed from her suffering. 30 At once Jesus realized that power had gone out from him. He turned around in the crowd and asked, “Who touched my clothes?” 31“You see the people crowding against you,” his disciples answered, “and yet you can ask, ‘Who touched me?’ ” 32 But Jesus kept looking around to see who had done it. 33 Then the woman, knowing what had happened to her, came and fell at his feet and, trembling with fear, told him the whole truth. 34 He said to her, “Daughter, your faith has healed you. Go in peace and be freed from your suffering.”

A major take-home point from this story for readers is that Jesus delivers! When we believe in His power to deliver us from hardships, He will come through without fail. The unnamed woman from the story above made history oh so quietly because of her faith. She wanted no fame; if anything shame was probably her most familiar friend. Females reading this can imagine the shameful and painful horror of bleeding 24/7 for 12 years. I am sure though that for many of us it's probably not a bleeding disorder that has plagued us for a while. Perhaps insecurities, secret fears, major financial set-backs, depression, suicidal thoughts or failing health. It may not even be you who's going through these hardships, maybe a loved one. But regardless of the specific circumstance as Jesus said in Matthew 17:20, "If you have faith as a mustard seed... nothing will be impossible for you!"

So friends, remember this: Out of the crowd that fateful day over 2000 years ago, this unnamed woman found her way to healing through her faith and determination. Others were waiting to speak to Jesus about their problems, perhaps waiting for Him to lay hands on them; But this woman of faith! She had become desperate in her quest…and so she pressed through, believing that once she touched even the hem of his garment, without his word or notice or public statement she would be healed. And was she?! Well in vs 34 Jesus tells her " Daughter, your faith has healed you!" This story more than ever encourages me to not draw back in my faith. Regardless of the odds, I am set on chasing after God's heart more than ever. Are YOU?


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