Health issues. Money woes. Family problems. Issues, plain and simple. We all have them. A little help here, please.
Our world is broken, but the Creator knows the infrastructure. Nothing is beyond the scope of his expertise.
How do I know Jesus can help with your issues?
“And a certain woman, which had an issue of blood twelve years” (Mark 5:25)
Notice, this woman had “an issue.” This wasn’t any simple issue either. It had debilitated her for more than a decade. Because of her issue she “had suffered many things” (Mark 5:26) and had exhausted all know means of dealing with her problem.
Unlike many of us, this woman refused to give up. She’d heard all the rumors of Jesus and his healing ability. Even though there was a huge throng around him, she pressed in. Her thought: “If I may touch but his clothes, I shall be healed” (Mark 5:28).
Bowed on her knees, she peeked around the swirling robes of everyone surrounding Jesus. Through this maze, she stretched out her hands. Her fingers brushed against the hem of Jesus, robe. Issue: gone.
If one simple touch solved this woman’s issue, why won’t a prayer solve yours?
The truth: Jesus can fix your issues. All of them, whether miniscule or insurmountable. This woman’s story shows us how.
This nameless woman had two things that we need if we want Jesus’ help:
It had been twelve years. She had suffered at the hands of all the great physicians of the day. Every cent of money and piece of property were invested in finding a solution.
A mob of people pressing around the famous healer couldn’t hold her back. She would not be denied. Her demands of Jesus were small. She needed no audience with him. All she wanted was a single touch.
How long has your issue been troubling you? Have you persisted in finding a solution? There is no Bible “God helps those who help themselves” (try Ben Franklin for that pithy advice), but God does have a plan.
“Ask, and it shall be given unto you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you” (Matthew 7:7).
Don’t give up when your first and second request seem to be denied. Check out your spiritual condition to be certain nothing is hindering your prayers and then keep on. If it’s a health problem, see the physicians. If it’s a money problem, seek financial advice from a bonded and trustworthy source.
Persistence pays off. If we could ask this woman with the issue of blood, she would encourage us to keep after the solution.
This woman had huge expectations but she didn’t need a ceremonial show. She expected Jesus to heal her. In fact, she knew he could do it without speaking a word or even knowing she touched him.
Her faith wasn’t misplaced. The woman “came behind him, and touched the border of his garment: and immediately her issue of blood stanched” (Luke 8:44). She believed Jesus could help her and she pressed on until she reached out and touched him.
No one knew she touched him. No one saw this miracle occur. But the woman “felt in her body that she was healed of the plague” (Mark 5:29). Jesus also knew “that virtue was gone out of him” (Mark 5:30).
This woman might have wanted a secret healing moment, but Jesus wanted to commend her. He made her come forward and looked her in the eye, saying, “Daughter, be of good comfort: thy faith hath made thee whole: go in peace” (Luke 8:47).
Right now, someone reading this is thinking: “That’s a health problem Jesus fixed. My issues are bigger than that.”
Really? Have you spent every dime to fix them? Have you spent twelve years of your time to solve them?
Our issues can be divided into three sub-groups. Jesus has a track record for solving problems in each of these areas.
The Gospels are filled with accounts of Jesus healing all manner of infirmities. From leprosy to palsy and withered limbs to epilepsy, Jesus conquered every medical issue presented to him.
That means the “two-months to live” diagnosis isn’t beyond his power. Neither is a birth defect.
He is not bound to heal your medical issue, but he wants you to yield it to him. He might have a bigger plan, something with far-reaching effects. It very well could involve physical suffering.
“If Jesus doesn’t heal me, then He didn’t take care of my issue.” I’ve been guilty of thinking something similar. We are short-sighted and can only see this temporal realm. Jesus is looking above to the eternal realm.
Physical healing might not be the best way for us to benefit from our issue. After all, the Apostle Paul didn’t get the healing he asked for (2 Cor. 12:9) but he did get his issue resolved.
God’s answer: “My grace is sufficient for thee: for my strength is made perfect in weakness” (2 Cor. 12:9).
Financial issues bog us down the most. We are so entrenched in the world. Money is a necessity because without it we can’t eat or have shelter.
Most of our financial issues are self-created. That was the case with the example in 2 Kings 4:1-7. This woman’s husband ran up a great debt. When he died, the creditor came to collect and would have sold this woman and her sons into bondage to pay what was owed.
Bankruptcy: a big issue. Unemployment rates skyrocket and people can’t meet their monthly obligations. Sometimes it is because they’ve over-extended themselves. If they lose their job through no fault of their own, that’s a different story.
God had no difficulty solving the dire financial predicament of this widow. Check out this story. The prophet Elisha asked her to look around to see what resources were available. She told him she had a pot of oil and nothing else.
A big problem? Not for God. Elisha told her to go borrow as many vessels as she could from her friends and neighbors. Once she had “not a few” borrowed pots, she went into her house and began pouring out the oil she had into the empty pots. She filled every single one to the rim!
Afterward, she sold the oil and used the revenue to pay off her husband’s debt and to support herself and her children with the rest. Talk about resolving this financial issue.
It might be an unexpected check in the mail (I received a rebate from our insurance company once when I prayed for a way to meet a financial need). God can resolve this issue but he expects us to have persistence and faith.
Homes break under the knife of divorce. Parents and children separate because the children make choices of which the parents disapprove. Death causes division among the heirs of the estate.
Relational issues rip out our hearts. They make us bleed deeply. They seem unsolvable because they involve the free will of the other person in the relationship.
A wife might leave a husband no matter what he does to try and keep her in the marriage. Children raised with a certain set of values choose to walk away from them.
God wants to handle these issues most of all. So much of the Bible shows us the importance of family and other relationships. Jesus was all about building relationships during his earthly ministry.
He came to reconcile all of humanity back into a father-son relationship with his Father. He left his church with the ministry of reconciliation (2 Cor. 5:18-19).
Whatever your issue, friend, it falls into one of these categories. Jesus isn’t dismayed by your issues. He welcomes the halt, maimed and troubled. “They that are whole needed not physician” (Luke 5:31).
Got issues? Jesus can help. Come to him in faith and don’t give up until He disperses your trouble like so much dust in the wind.
Next week: When God Gives Up