Friday, October 7th, 2016
Suffering (Part 11)
Disease: The Woman With An Issue Of Blood
A woman who had had a hemorrhage for twelve years, and had endured much at the hands of many physicians, and had spent all that she had and was not helped at all, but rather had grown worse--after hearing about Jesus, she came up in the crowd behind Him and touched His cloak. For she thought, 'If I just touch His garments, I will get well.' Immediately the flow of her blood was dried up; and she felt in her body that she was healed of her affliction. Immediately Jesus, perceiving in Himself that the power proceeding from Him had gone forth, turned around in the crowd and said, 'Who touched My garments?' And His disciples said to Him, 'You see the crowd pressing in on You, and You say, 'Who touched Me.' ' And He looked around to see the woman who had done this. But the woman fearing and trembling, aware of what had happened to her, came and fell down before Him and told Him the whole truth. And He said to her, 'Daughter, your faith has made you well; go in peace and be healed of your affliction.'
Mark 5:25-34 (NASB)
My mother and brother shared the same fate, but it hit them in different decades. They lived and died with Parkinson's disease: a ruthless and progressive condition. While they were sick, I didn't know Jesus well enough to ask His help or healing.
But we visited plenty of doctors, placing our trust in their pills and treatments: hoping pain might be reduced or covered. We were told the disease is incurable, and we believed what the physicians said. So my loved ones settled into bondage.
Yet the woman with the issue of blood, although her disease seemed to be hopeless, although it marked her as being unclean, although she paid doctors all that she had, although she had suffered for twelve long years, she refused to give up her faith in God. She pushed through, touched Christ's garment and was healed.
Actors, models and talent for Christ: if either you or people you love are diagnosed with a condition physicians label incurable, never give up your hope in the Lord. Why some people receive great healings and other believers suffer long... is a tough ask needing tougher faith.
But we can rest assured on four things:
1) God transforms suffering to shining, and His Own Son proved God's good purpose.
2) At the latest, healing comes at death, and vibrant health will be eternal.
3) Waiting with hopeful expectation increases the quality of life.
4) Showing faith in the midst of trials is a compelling witness of Christ.
To Be Continued...
P.S. To read the other devotions in this series, please see the Suffering series.