Let Hope Fuel Your Faith
In the Bible, there’s a story that is familiar to most of us. There was a woman who was sick and hemorrhaging in her body for 12 years. Scripture tells us that she went everywhere looking for a doctor who could help her. She walked for miles searching for helping. Can you imagine that journey? She spent her life looking for answers. Not only was she looking for help, but she spent every bit of money she had to try to find those answers. With her condition, she was considered an outcast. She was unclean. She wasn’t supposed to be around people. Now I don’t know about you, but when I’m not feeling good, I don’t want to be left alone. I want someone to check on me and care about me. (And maybe even bring me some chicken soup.)
Think about this woman. She was lonely, desperate and very sick. Then she heard that Jesus was in her town. She knew he wasn’t a doctor, but she was going out to see Him. She had heard that He healed others and fully believed that if she could get to Him, she would be healed. The Bible says that in a weakened state, she got up, pressed through the crowd and touched the hem of His garment, and she was immediately made whole.
You know what I started thinking about when I read this recently? I started wondering how she got through those 12 years. I wonder how many people in that day were in similar circumstances—desperate, sick, tired, broke—but they gave up. They heard Jesus was coming and said, “I’ve already tried everything. I probably won’t be able to see Him.” And they missed their miracle. I want to know about this woman’s tenacity!
In Mark 5:28, it says that the woman got up, pressed through the crowd, and she thought to herself, “If I could only touch the hem of His garment, I know that I will be made whole.” She didn’t just get up that day full of hope. I bet she spoke hope to herself for those entire 12 years. I’m sure it wasn’t always easy, but I’m sure she kept talking herself in to pressing on.
Hope is a powerful thing. Hope will fuel faith. What are you saying to yourself during the hard times? It’s easy to be hopeful during the good times, but what happens when things get difficult? Always remember, persistence is what’s going to bring the promise. Don’t just lie down and let life take over. Like this woman, decide to take over life! Let hope fuel your faith and press in to the victory and blessing He has in store for you!
Let Hope Fuel Your Faith
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