It keeps getting worse…(Day Nine Mark 5:26)

“Yet instead of getting better, she grew worse.” (Mark 5:26 NET)

This woman found herself in the predicament that many are still in today.  She had visited every professional she could, trying to discover any possible cure.  In her great desperation she spared no expense, and as a result, depleted all of her financial resources.  Yet the scriptures declare that despite all of her efforts, and the labor, and skill of her caretakers she had not become any better, in fact she only grew worse. Have you ever been there?  Can’t you relate to this woman on some level?  It may not be a physical disorder in your life, but certainly there has been a time when some emotional or spiritual problem arose.  Like this desperate woman, you too sought out the help of professional counselors, priests, or pastors. You ran to family and friends for advice, or searched endlessly online for some solution.  However, no matter what you did, or where you turned, nothing got better but instead things grew worse.  The solution to our problems, no matter what they may be, can’t ultimately be found in professionals, but rather in Christ.  I am not advocating that we never visit professionals for help, certainly there is a time and place for such visits. However, it seems obvious that we should visit Christ first. Unlike the woman in our passage, who had presumably never met Christ before, He lives inside of each of us.  Next time you need somewhere to turn, remember this woman and turn to Christ first rather than when there are no other options available.

Question: Why do you think we are so quick to turn to other people before God when we are in trouble?

Keep up the great work on the New Testament challenge!

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About Pastor Pete

Pete is the senior Pastor of Cowboy Fellowship in Pleasanton Texas. He is also the author of The Absolute Basics of Christianity, The Living Lamp, and a co-author of The Modern Day Disciple Bible Study series.
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4 Responses to It keeps getting worse…(Day Nine Mark 5:26)

  1. Royce Hart says:

    I am inclined to ask friends and family first because I know that I’ll get feedback from them. I very seldom feel that I get any answer – much less a clear answer – from God. Which is kind of ironic, because the first thing I tell my friends and family is to pray for wisdom on whatever it is they’re struggling with. I suspect that, like me, they’re wishing I could just listen and do whatever I can to help.

    • Pastor Pete says:

      Good point Royce I think this is one of the main reasons we go to other people first. However when we take time to go to God and sit back and listen He always answers. I know the problem I generally have is that I am not patient enough to wait on God to answer.

  2. evaasbury says:

    For we being the humans that we are, we in our nature seem to look at other perspectives and forget that we have a heavenly father that is always here for us and always listens to our every need. Guess just talking to a person face to face and getting results from others we think is more soothing. But inside of us we also know that his healing is so much more real than what we can think or fathom.

    • Pastor Pete says:

      I agree totally with you talking with people does do wonders to a soul in anguish, but talking to God does as well. We should never resist talking to others but we have to be careful that we don’t replace God with other people in our lives just because it is more convenient or faster. Good points keep it up!

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