Now a certain woman had a flow of blood for twelve years, and had suffered many things from many physicians. She had spent all that she had and was no better, but rather grew worse. When she heard about Jesus, she came behind Him in the crowd and touched His garment. For she said, “If only I may touch His clothes, I shall be made well.” Immediately the fountain of her blood was dried up, and she felt in her body that she was healed of the affliction. And Jesus, immediately knowing in Himself that power had gone out of Him, turned around in the crowd and said “Who touched my clothes?” But His disciples said to Him, “You see the multitude thronging You, and You say, “Who touched Me?” And he looked around to see her who had done this thing. But the woman, fearing and trembling, knowing what had happened to her, came and fell down before Him and told Him the whole truth. And He said to her, “Daughter, your faith has made you well. Go in peace, and be healed of your affliction.” – Mark 5:25-34 (NKJV)
It’s amazing how God works. He knows that many of us walk around talking about “I got faith” knowing good and well that many would fall into the smaller than a mustard seed category. Now although Jesus stated that you can move mountains even with faith the size of a mustard seed (Luke 17:6) there comes a point in our lives where we have to grow from having little faith to great faith. As our walk in Christ continues to strengthen so should our faith in Him. Having little faith can only get you so far until you get hit with a big test, and by that time will that little faith get you through that BIG test or nah?
Well to answer that question, many of us are hit with BIG tests with only a little faith to get us through. I mean we’re just barely getting back on our feet from the last test right? But somewhere in that infinite mind of our amazing God lies a realization that this big test is what is going to strengthen our little faith. So He allows the test. He sits back and waits for us to realize that we’re about to be hit with a big ol’ pop quiz. He wants to see if we’ve really been paying attention. He wants to see if the church sermons, bible studies, youtube videos and chats with friends and family have taught us anything. So He sits back, watches and waits……
Meanwhile, here we are ta-doodling along life (some of us still trapped in our mess) without a care in the world. We’ve just made it official with some Plan C, we’ve gotten a new job, new house, new car and we think we got it made. And then all of a sudden, the test comes a knockin’ and we think that a little praying, reading a few scriptures and shouting a hallelujah is going to get God to come down and fix it. Well truth be told, this is a no calculator, no questions or notes allowed and I got my eye on you so you can’t cheat type of test. It’s all on you now boo, so what do you do?
Now I don’t know about you but life tests and I don’t always get along so well. I can’t stand them suckers, but when I look back (isn’t that such a typical Christian phrase) and see all that I’ve learned, gained and how I’ve improved and matured, I know that those tests were necessary. I wouldn’t be where I am today without them and I won’t get to where I need to be without them either. ***(cue shout music here)***
It’s awesome how we can read, know and hear the same scripture over and over but each time get a new revelation. Many of you know or have heard the story about the woman with the issue of blood. If you meditate closely you can see how this text vividly illustrates what we have gone through or are going through in our lives. It may not be a health challenge but the challenge could very well be familial, financial, spiritual or relational/marital. The point is, we’re all going to experience God’s testing at some point and many of us have asked the question why. Why do we have to be the one to be cheated on, still single, lose a job or loved one, been raped or molested? Why did these things have to happen to us when we try so hard to live according to the Word? Why couldn’t it have come at a later time and why did it have to happen at all? Couldn’t He have gotten our attention another way?
Well I’m here to tell you that it’s not without purpose. Everything you’ve ever gone through is not by accident. It’s not only to benefit you and grow you spiritually and naturally, it’s also for you to be a blessing to others. I’m also here to let you know that God also has another purpose in mind……..desperation!
DESPERATION? WHAT YOU TALKING BOUT?
I’m talking about the “good” desperation that leads you to a point of total surrender unto God. Just like parents know their children, God knows us. He knows that we can talk about giving our cares to Him and letting go and letting God all day long but we’re still going to try to squeeze our hands to fit somewhere in the mix. When we continue to try to step in and take over that clearly shows God that our faith is lacking and that’s when the big tests come. That’s when situations show up where all human attempts have been exhausted. The doctors say you won’t make it, bills need to be paid and finances are not lining up and just when you think it can’t get any worse, it does. Just like the woman with the issue of blood, all attempts had been exhausted and then on top of that the situation only got worse. Money spent, tears shed, advice taken and still no sign of the situation changing at all.
Have you ever been there?
But sad to say, many of us end up there because God knows that we can’t get to the great faith like we need to without a little desperation. When you’re desperate you’re willing to do, whatever, whenever and however. That’s probably the only time we’re ever obedient to God. Most of the time from my personal experience I couldn’t hear God clearly or obey diligently because His voice was muffled out by my own desires and mindset. When will I learn that God knows more about my life than I ever could? (tisk, tisk)
In those moments of desperation I got to a place where I was obedient and hungry for God. Oh and another thing, my faith was at an all time high. There’s something about feeling hopeless and helpless and not having anyone to turn to that leads you to turning to God, the person you should have been turning to in the first place. But although we know that, we allow our flesh to continue to do what it wants to do because we want to believe that we can make it happen. We want to believe that the person we’ve dated since high school is the person for us and that the $100,000 a year job God told us no about is where our purpose lies. We want to believe everything other than what God is telling us. So what does God do? He sours our circumstances, removes people from our circle and shuts us up so we can hear Him. That’s when our insufficiency meets up with God’s omnipotence (all power) and omniscience (all knowing). There’s nothing greater than experiencing God’s immediate power in the most dire times of our lives. Notice how the immediate doesn’t happen until we’re at the end of the road. It’s during that time where our faith is strengthened and our relationship with God reaches an all time level.
The woman with the issue of blood had enough faith to believe that touching a robe was enough to heal her. Need I say, this was during a time where I’m sure it was very inappropriate for a woman to touch a man that wasn’t her husband, better yet in public. So not only was she violating the norm during that time, she was attempting to do something that no one had yet done. We’re talking about people that asked Jesus to touch them not the other way around. So talk about great faith!! Would she have had that type of faith without her situation being at the point that it was, who knows? Would you have the type of faith you have, otherwise? Who knows? But God knows! He knows what He has placed on the inside of you and He knows what you’re capable of. So if you’re in dire circumstances and have reached a point of desperation know that God will move “immediately.” But know that the immediate may not happen when you want it to (even the woman suffered for 12 years), but know that God will not allow your current situation to take you out. (Even when some of us may deserve it.)
When your situations get tough it’s hard to focus on the light at the end of the tunnel. God had to allow your circumstances to take you by surprise so you could be still enough to listen to Him and walk by faith. **Notice that it gets harder to maneuver when the lights go out. God has to allow the darkness to slow you down so you can be willing enough to follow the light (Him).** Are you desperate enough to trust Him?
Peace and love.
See, God has come to save me. I will trust in him and not be afraid. The LORD God is my strength and my song; he has given me victory.” – Isaiah 12:2 (NLT)