All last week my wife was sick with some head cold. She had a stuffed up nose, fever, and achiness. She missed three days of work and church because of it.
A head cold is a small thing compared to those that are fighting
against cancer for their lives or those that need hospitalization and antibiotics to get over their disease.
Sickness is something everyone faces, whether a disease, blood pressure, virus, skin problem, or what not.
The Bible has a story of a woman that hemorrhaged for 12 years! She had been to every doctor and specialists that was available; she has spent all her money on physicians and suffered much at their “cures” and still she was no better. In fact her condition got worse.
Then Jesus came to town but there was no way she was going to be able to see Him privately since He was always surrounded by a crowd. As He was walking by with this huge crowd of people around Him, she managed to get close enough to just touch the hem of his clothing. She just knew if she could do that, she’d be healed.
A touch was all it took! She was healed. Jesus stopped. The crowd stopped. And she confessed what she had done.
His response to her is His response to you.
And He said to her, “Daughter, your faith has made you well. Go in peace, and be healed of your affliction.” Mark 5:34
Now I am not one of those that believe that sickness or an abnormality is a punishment of sin. I do believe that sickness and abnormalities are a result of sin but not a punishment because you sin. I hope you understand the difference.
This woman was healed. Lazarus died, was raised from the dead, and, I’m sure, died again years later.
Paul prayed for his “thorn in the flesh” and was told that God’s grace was sufficient. With that in mind Paul said,
Most gladly I will rather boast in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me. Therefore I take pleasure in infirmities, in reproaches, in needs, in persecutions, in distresses, for Christ’s sake. For when I am weak, then I am strong. 2 Cor 12:9-10
What Paul experienced is exactly what the hemorrhaging woman experienced. It is what the demon possessed man experienced. It is what the disciples in the midst of the storm experienced.
It is PEACE!
When you have peace you can live with anything.
Jesus is your peace. His will in your life is your peace.