If I can just have a promotion, then I wouldn’t struggle with my debts. If I can just be more beautiful, then maybe my “one” would take notice of me. If I can just.. (insert your statement) .. then all our problems would be solved. Many of us have this mindset. But lets see what we can learn from the story of The Bleeding Woman.
A woman in the crowd had suffered for twelve years with constant bleeding. She had suffered a great deal from many doctors, and over the years she had spent everything she had to pay them, but she had gotten no better. In fact, she had gotten worse. She had heard about Jesus, so she came up behind him through the crowd and touched his robe. For she thought to herself, “If I can just touch his robe, I will be healed.” Immediately the bleeding stopped, and she could feel in her body that she had been healed of her terrible condition.
Mark 5:25-29 (NLT)
Here’s a woman who has done everything and spent all that she had to be well, but nothing happened.
Are you in that same hopeless situation? You’ve exhausted all that you have and all that you know, but nothing seemed to work.
In verse 28, the woman kept saying, “If I can just touch his robe”, I shall be restored to health.
She put her hope in Jesus. She pressed on to touch Jesus despite of the great crowd gathered around Jesus. She knew that she is not allowed to touch anyone due to her state. A woman who has her menstrual period is considered ceremonially unclean, and is not allowed to touch anyone. And so this woman has been isolated and marked as unclean for 12 years because of her condition. But she knew that Jesus is her only hope. In faith she drew nearer to Jesus and touched him. Immediately, she was healed.
How about you? Where do you put your hope? When everything fails, where do you run to?
We may not be bleeding literally like that woman, but the sins in our lives cause this continuous bleeding in our souls. All of us need to be healed by Jesus. How desperate are you to be healed and to be free from the cycle of sin in your life? Through Him, we can be healed.
If there’s an obstacle that hinders you from drawing near to Jesus, will you muster all your strength to come near Him? Will you let go of all those functional messiahs in your life where you put all your hopes?
May we learn from the bleeding woman. May all of us see and realize that Jesus is The Hope that we need.
Let’s draw near to Jesus and touch Him.
Jesus is moved not by need but by faith.
He is pleased with your faith.
Are you in suffering or in pain? Does your situation seem hopeless? Let Jesus help you.