Last Resort

Mark 5:24-29

“…A large crowd followed and pressed around Him.  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 of Jesus, she came up behind Him in the crowd and touched His cloak,  because she thought, “If 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…”

For 12 long years she tried to seek for the answer on her own.  She looked to man to find healing for her ailment with no luck.  In fact she grew worse!  She sufferred through all types of treatments that she thought would work but they never did.  She spent ALL she had and still could not find an answer or solution.  She finally came to the end of her rope and found healing in Jesus Christ.  She had to risk being cast out of society and maybe even killed for coming out in public!! Levitical law said that since she was UNCLEAN she couldn’t be around other people and when she went out in public she had to shout “unclean, unclean”.  She risked everything because she knew this was her last hope.  If God (Jesus) couldn’t heal her there was no where else to go.

So many of us are like this right now.  We run around from man to man, from woman to woman, from friend to friend trying to find healing for the issues in our lives.  We run and drown ourselves in alcohol, in parties, in work, in school, in sex, in food, in everything but the ONE thing that can truly save us.  We spend all we have, all our money, all our emotions, all our hope in a quick fix that can only get to the surface of our issue and miss the one true hope..

He says come to me all you lonely and downtrodden.  He says He came to heal the sick and the brokenhearted. He says that He came for the sick (Matt 9:12) but yet we still try to find solace in the things of this world.  We try to find love in this imperfect world.  We spend all we have and get left with no understanding of who we really are, low self-esteem, no self-worth, anger, and hopelessness. 

God says that He is love (1John 4: 8).  We can find what we’re looking for in God.  He loved the world so much that He gave His only begotten Son just to show us how much He loved us ( John 3:16, 1 John 3:16).  He said He would never leave nor forsake us (Deut 31:8)!

And then even those who know Him run around looking to this world for validation.  I’m guilty of that myself.  I know He can and He has healed my brokenheart but yet I still look to man to hear “Ata girl! You’re doing it right!!”  We all suffer from sometimes forgetting just how big and loving our God is.  He wants us to depend totally on Him so that He can lavish us with all the promises He laid out in His Bible.

Oh Father, my cry is that we all will not be like this woman and wait to the very end of our rope to come to you.  I pray that we know that WITH you all things are POSSIBLE but WITHOUT you it is IMPOSSIBLE.  Lord and even for those who are at the end of their rope right now that You will show them that it is NEVER too late, just like in the story of this woman.  Lord I pray that they would see  You and Your open arms!  Lord I pray that those who are hurting will come to You and stop using things that will harm them and make them worse off. 

People come to Him and recieve healing for your heart, mind, and body.  He wants to heal you.  He is saying my daughter, my son come to me.  I will give you rest.  I will give you peace.  I will heal you and restore your hope. Lord help me to rest only in You!!! Help us all to rest only in You!!

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