“For she thought, ‘If I just touch His garments, I will get well.'” Mark 5:28
Most of our lives we find ourselves searching for answers to our problems, and sometimes the answers are worse than the original problems. For instance, we have emotional hurts and pain and believe that we can drink or drug them away. Or instead of dealing with our sexual desires in a healthy way, we watch porn and/or get into unhealthy relationships.
We desire things beyond our budgets, so we get another job and begin to slack on our family responsibilities or infringe upon God’s time. Or maybe even worse, we began to compromise our integrity an indulge in other activities to bring in money in ungodly ways.
The young lady was an outcast because of her condition and she was looking for answers, and like most, she went to the professionals in that particular field for healing. The frustration, the embarrassment, the overwhelming issue seemed to have overtaken every means she had. She was left with no answers and in a worse condition. A-HA! “If I just touch His garments, I will get well.”
Are you like this young lady when we run into issues, do you look everywhere else for answers whether the answers are good or bad? Are you relying on your own thinking or ability for the help you need?
In my addiction alone, I tried AA, NA, AAA, behavior modification, anger management, and everything else to live soberly. And I got worse. Then I had an A-HA moment, Christ!
“Immediately her bleeding stopped and she felt in her body that she was freed from her suffering.” Mark 5:29
The root word Jesus uses for healing in this text is sṓzō (from sōs, “safe, rescued”) – properly, deliver out of danger and into safety; used principally of God rescuing believers from the penalty and power of sin – and into His provisions (safety).
She asked for physical healing, but Jesus gives her so much more. He goes beyond what we think we need, and gives us what we really need.
Written by Juan Mendez: Juan is a graduate of the Colony of Mercy and full-time staff member at America’s Keswick.
Think about this: “One great power of sin is that it blinds men so that they do not recognize its true character.”
This Week’s Verse to Memorize:
Let Your mercy, O Lord, be upon us, Just as we hope in You. Psalm 33:22