Have you ever gone through something that you felt like you just couldn’t make it through? How about being faced with such a difficult situation that you wanted to give up? I’ve been there and I’ll be honest, there have been times that I really have given up on truly trusting in God to help me. I think I can say for all of us, we’ve all been there.
I remember when my dad left and it was just my mom, my sister, and I. Those were the hardest days of my entire life. We didn’t have money for groceries, for shampoo, laundry detergent, or even deodorant at one point. My mom sacrificed sleeping in a bed for close to seven years, just so my sister and I could have something to sleep in. There were days when the only meal we got to have in our stomachs was the one provided to us at school. Those were very hard days I had to live through. Back then, I gave up on serving the Lord because of my families circumstances.
I thought I was justified in giving up on God and my relationship with Him because I believed God truly didn’t care about me or my family anymore. I was angry at the world and even angry at God for the way my life was. When in reality, I should have placed my anger on my dad and not on God. You see, we may go through hard things during our lifetime, but it is never God’s fault.
God is the one who can take our anger away and replace it with joy. God is the one who can take our sorrows and turn them into testimonies.
I think about the woman with the issue of blood found in Luke 8:43-48. I think about how she could have easily stayed home that day, instead of pushing through the crowd. I think about how she could have easily been so down due to her circumstance that she didn’t have any faith to muster up. I think about how she could have stayed in her circumstances, but instead she decided to get up and go to the one who could change them. She believed in God and His power so much that she was willing to push through a huge crowd to just touch the hem of His garment so that she could be made whole.
That type of faith is powerful enough to transform your entire being and your entire life.
Luke 8:43-44 says, “And a woman having an issue of blood twelve years, which had spent all her living upon physicians, neither could be healed of any,” “came behind him, and touched the border of his garment: and immediately her issue of blood stanched.”
The two most important parts of these scriptures is the woman’s faith and the power of God acting immediately on her behalf. It took faith for the woman to go through that crowd back then. Women like her were considered unclean due to Jewish traditions, so if any man were to touch her they would be considered defiled. Also, just think about how long she suffered from her illness. The woman suffered for TWELVE years! She suffered for over a decade with no relief, unable to live a normal life. How many of us would have gotten up, physically pushed our way through a crowd that was thronging Jesus Himself, and truly believe if we touched just His garment we would be made whole? This is a woman of true faith that we should all take a lesson from.
The second important part to these two scriptures is God’s power acting immediately on her behalf. Jesus’ garment didn’t hold any powers, but Jesus Himself did and the woman knew that. The woman knew that Jesus could heal her and she knew His power was bigger than any illness and any crowd in her way that day. Jesus honored the woman’s request to be healed immediately because she simply had faith in Him.
Faith is the key to our christian walk with the Lord. Faith changes the darkest of nights. Faith turns the ugliest trials into the most beautiful testimonies worth shouting about.
Luke 8:45-48 says, “And Jesus said, Who touched me? When all denied, Peter and they that were with him said, Master, the multitude throng thee and press thee, and sayest thou, Who touched me?” “And Jesus said, Somebody hath touched me: for I perceive that virtue is gone out of me.” “And when the woman saw that she was not hid, she came trembling, and falling down before him, she declared unto him before all the people for what cause she had touched him, and how she was healed immediately.” “And he said unto her, Daughter, be of good comfort: thy faith hath made thee whole; go in peace.”
Just think, there were probably hundreds of people surrounding Jesus that day who were curious about Him and His power, but only one woman is mentioned in the bible about that day. The woman with the issue of blood stood out from all the rest because she wasn’t just curious about Jesus, she believed in Him. The woman had faith! This woman teaches us that it takes more than curiosity to know God and believe in what He can do for us.
There is a chorus I grew up singing in church that says:
“Reach out and touch the Lord as He goes by,
You will find He’s not to busy to hear your hearts cry.
He is passing by this moment, all your needs He’ll supply,
So reach out and touch the Lord as He goes by.”
I know it is a simple chorus, but it is a powerful one. When we reach out to God in faith, there is nothing we are facing that can stop His power from healing us physically, mentally, emotionally, or spiritually. When we reach out to touch the Lord, we will always find He is there for us with a listening ear and an open heart. When we reach out to the Lord, we will never be disappointed or left empty.
When we truly reach out in faith to the Lord, we will walk away full of peace, strength, and our prayers answered the way God saw fit to answer them.
Being a military spouse can cause us great stress and can even make us face obstacles we never even dreamed of. We go through things that sometimes make us want to throw the towel in. We go through life and sometimes life is kind to us and other times life can be like a raging storm that we don’t want to bear. Life can get messy, but we have to be willing to truly push through with all of our might to the light at the end of the very dark tunnel we’re in.
If you’re in a dark tunnel today, I want you to be reminded that all tunnels have an end. Some tunnels may be longer than others, but there is always an end with light shining through. Push through whatever life has thrown at you today and press into Jesus. Push through until you get what you need from the Lord. The Lord really is passing us by and all we have to do is reach out in faith.
Reach out in faith today and believe that the Lord is going to supply you with what your heart desires.