There are many challenges we face every day and these challenges may include personal, financial or social. People take different steps to overcome these challenges. When things do not work as they wished, people lose heart and give up. I want to share a story from the Bible that tells us that no matter what we are going through, never give up, Jesus has the answer for the challenges we are facing.
In chapter 5 of the Gospel of Mark we read the story of a woman who faced many challenges in life and she overcame it with determination and faith in Jesus Christ. “And a woman was there who had been subject to bleeding for twelve years. She had suffered a great deal under the care of many doctors and had spent all she had, yet instead of getting better she grew worse. When she heard about Jesus, she came up behind him in the crowd and touched his cloak, because she thought, “If I just touch his clothes, I will be healed.” Immediately her bleeding stopped and she felt in her body that she was freed from her suffering”. (Mark 5: 25-29)
What we know about this woman is: First, she faced a personal issue that she had a bleeding condition and it continued for twelve years. Second, she faced a financial issue that she had spent all the money she had for her treatments from many doctors and nothing had helped. Third, according to the Law, she was ceremonially unclean, which restricted her religious and social life. The challenges she faced were huge and seemed unsolvable!
In this desperate situation, she heard about Jesus. There were many obstacles for her to overcome and she should have used any number of excuses to stay away from Jesus. The circumstances said “There are too many people around Jesus and you cannot get through that crowd”. The circumstances said, “You are ceremonially unclean and cannot go near Jesus”. However, she let nothing stand in her way to get to Jesus because she wanted her healing more than anything. With determination in heart she pushed through the crowd and came to Jesus and touched His garments. As soon as the woman touches Jesus garments, she was instantly healed which the doctors could not do for twelve years.
There is a great lesson here for all of us. There were many people in that crowd who were close to Jesus and even pressing against Him, but they did not experience any miracles. Why? Because they did not have the kind of faith which this woman had and they were just pressing through the crowd without any purpose. She thought, “If I just touch his clothes, I will be healed.” The living faith in Jesus is the channel through which we get answer to our problems. Bring your life’s challenges and troubles to Jesus, because He is there and He has the answer for all your troubles. When everything else fails, Jesus satisfies!
Brother Abraham Chacko