“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!