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For a dozen years the woman had struggled with her issue. She’d gone to friends for their suggestions, searched out healers in her region and spent all of her money on doctors. We don’t know a lot about her, but can understand her frustration. She was broke. She was incurable. She was probably weak from losing so much blood for so long and she was probably embarrassed about her condition and tired of being shunned. With her continuous issue of blood, she was never able to go to the temple to make atonement for her blood flow (Leviticus 15). If she had been married, her husband probably divorced her because she was constantly unclean, which would prohibit sexual relations (Deuteronomy 24:1). She had issues alright.

How do your issues compare to hers? Maybe you’re tired of your husband leaving his socks on the floor. Maybe you’re not having a good hair day or you kids brought home a poor report card. Maybe you even got laid off from work or you’re still not pregnant after trying for years. It’s possible you’ve got some serious issues going: death in the family, divorce, cancer, lost children. Maybe we can learn something from our biblical woman with issues.

No Easy Feat!

After 12 years, she learned that Jesus was going to be nearby and vowed to have him heal her. This was no easy feat. She did not allow herself to be intimidated by the large crowd. She didn't care that she wasn’t supposed to touch a man in public making Him ceremonially unclean. Her mind was made up. She believed that Jesus could and would heal her and it wouldn’t have to be anything dramatic. She knew he was busy, so she wouldn’t even slow him down. Her plan was simple; she’d touch his garment.

Think about your issues. Do you have enough faith to believe that not only does Jesus care, but that he will heal you? This story found in Matthew, Mark and Luke proves that Jesus honors our faith, however small. Jesus is approachable in every circumstance and has compassion on the needy that come to Him in faith. And Jesus sometimes allows circumstances to enter our lives that reduce us to desperation so that we will reach out for Him.

How amazing to hear Jesus say to us, “Your faith has made you well” (Luke 8:48).

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