Luke 8:47-48, “Then the woman, seeing that she could not go unnoticed, came trembling and fell at his feet. In the presence of all the people, she told why she had touched him and how she had been instantly healed. Then he said to her, ‘Daughter, your faith has healed you. Go in peace.’” (NIV)
Where do we turn when calamity greets us? Where do we look for counsel, or comfort? Do we trust solely in worldly solutions for worldly problems? While there is certainly nothing inherently wrong with utilizing sound science, natural medicine, or conventional wisdom, there must also be a desire to put our ultimate trust in God. As believers we have a spiritual component to our lives, and we need to ensure that we are tending to it at the very least with prayer, bible study, and fellowship/worship with other believers. But sadly we sometimes make seeking God the last resort in hardship, instead of allowing Him to be our first thought, and our definitive security.
Luke 8 shows believers the power of laying our burdens before Christ. The biblical text introduces us to a woman with a story for the ages. She had been bleeding continually for twelve years, and had sought many solutions, all to no avail. In fact, in Mark’s gospel it notes that the woman was without any financial reserves because she had spent everything on finding a cure for her condition (Mark 5:26). The incessant bleeding likely prevented this woman from participating in Hebrew worship activities (if she was a Jewish follower which is reasonable to assume), as her condition would have rendered her perpetually unclean. Imagine the stigma of constantly being bombarded with thoughts of unworthiness, and spiritual dirtiness. For more than a decade she carried the weight of this adversity.
And then one day news of Jesus being in town made its way to her. She sought him out, but because of the crowd she could not get a private word with Christ. So the woman pressed into the crowd and fought just to touch Jesus’ garment, believing partial contact with the Messiah would remove her affliction. And it did. Consider the instantaneous string of reversals. A woman came broken to Jesus, but left whole. She came despondent to Jesus, but left joyful. She came destitute (emotionally and financially) to Jesus, but left rich (spiritually). She came fearful to Jesus, but left full of faith. Her pain of ceaseless bleeding stopped, along with the corresponding tears of agony. In confessing Christ to be our true source of aid, we can live with assurance. We can live with satisfaction. We can live with joy. How? Because our relationship with Jesus produces eternal assurance, everlasting satisfaction, and forever joy. We exhibit an unbreakable spirit.
Kevin Orr (10/7/2018)