Days Of Scamming
Now a woman, having a flow of blood for twelve years, who had spent all her livelihood on physicians and could not be healed by any, came from behind and touched the border of His garment. And immediately her flow of blood stopped.
Luke 8:43-44 (NKJV)
How many of us have lived with a chronic health condition--especially one that evades a diagnosis, or maybe got misdiagnosed? If not us, surely we know someone who has suffered. The joy of life is hard to find when pain or fatigue is unrelenting.
The woman in this story was scammed. She went from doctor to doctor until she had lost all her savings. Instead of a cure, she found disappointment--even poverty. If she were alive today, she might file a consumer complaint.
But this woman went to Jesus. Just by touching the hem of His garment, she was healed. Jesus tells us her faith made her well. But consider how her faith was stretched and tested for twelve years prior. She might have given up, stayed home, and decided misery was her destiny.
Instead, she tried again. She hoped again. God says, 'Hope does not disappoint' (Romans 5:5). Therefore, it will not; but He doesn't give us a timeline to success.
Similarly, those of us who have been scammed in finances, purchases, health, or relationships have a lesson to learn from the woman with an issue of blood. We must not give up hope in our future, nor faith in the God Who restores:
'But You have seen, for You observe trouble and grief, To repay it by Your Hand. The helpless commits himself to You' (Psalm 10:14), 'For the Lord is the God of recompense. He will surely repay' (Jeremiah 51:56).
Jesus helped those who came to Him. Those who took a risk. Those who humbled themselves. Those who showed initiative. Those who asked, and most importantly, those who did not give up their hope and faith.
No matter the abuse, no matter the abuser, no matter the years, no matter the scam--forgive and continue to step forward. Continue to hope. Continue to believe in the God Who repays.