Matthew 9:20-22 narrates the story of a woman who had a flow of blood of twelve years duration. It is on record that she spent all she had on physicians, yet, her condition did not improve.
Please permit me to quickly add here that in her part of the world, hemorrhaging women are considered impure, and so, are avoided. No one is expected to support them in any way too. Theirs was indeed a very pathetic existence! However, reprieve came the way of this woman the moment she touched the hem of the garment of Jesus Christ.
Many lessons can be deduced from the story above, but for the purpose of this write up, we shall only consider the following.
1. Long standing problems are not restricted to a particular person, group of people, or age and time alone
There are loads of instances in the bible, and in these days, when people had to endure long standing problems. This woman’s case is a classic example. Naaman’s is another! He was a reputable general in the Syrian army, but he had Leprosy, a long standing, degrading, and disfiguring skin problem (2 Kings 5:1-14). What about the man who had an infirmity for thirty eight years (John 5:1-9)? These examples and others, confirm that long standing problems are not restricted to a particular person, group of people, age, or time alone. King Solomon confirmed this position in Ecclesiastes 1:9 as follows: “That which has been is what will be. That which is done is what will be done. And there is nothing new under the sun’’.
2. It pays to seek help from the source of ultimate power
The woman went everywhere and consulted a large number of doctors, all to no avail. Going to Medical Doctors for professional help on its own is a very laudable idea, because God gave them their great skill, and every right thinking person should consult them (Ecclesiasticus 38:1-15). Nevertheless, we Medical Doctors sometimes find it rather hard to restore some patients back to full health. In such situation, affected patients should not lose hope; they should simply switch over to the source of ultimate power; Jesus Christ, for deliverance. He confirmed being the custodian of ultimate power in Matthew 28:18 as follows: “…All authority (power) has been given to me in heaven and on earth’’.
3. Victory is certain if we seek help from the source of ultimate power
Thank goodness the woman sought help from Jesus Christ; the source of ultimate power. She touched the hem of his garment, and straightaway, her long standing hemorrhage, body weakness, helplessness, hopelessness, loneliness, rejection, isolation, shame, and sorrow came to an end. She became a brand new person; clean, pure, whole, and unstoppable, to the glory of God.
Friend, it is evident from all indications that seeking help from the source of ultimate power is synonymous with astonishing success, and you too can get all things done through Him. No wonder why the legendary Apostle Paul said: “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me (Philippians 4:13) ’’.
Perhaps you or somebody close to you is struggling with a long standing problem at the moment, and help seems to be nonexistent; don’t worry; the right time has come for you to seek help from the source of ultimate power; Jesus Christ, the son of God! Please convey your concerns to him in prayers today. You may even have to fast at some point, if need be (Matthew 17:21).
Supposing you have prayed and fasted on several occasions in the past, but it seems you are getting nowhere, please don’t give up! Just try again and again, because very soon, you will come out triumphant over your problem, and your joy will be full in Jesus name (John 16:23-24). Amen.
Jesus is Lord!
Dr Adedayo Stoney Adegbulu.
Dr Stoney is the author of About God! Undeniable Facts & Testimonies