Scripture Reading: Mark 5:25-29
Share this testimony: “During the two days evangelical Outreach Programme organized by Daily Strength at C.I.W.A Port Harcourt on the 10th of July 2015, I keyed into the prophesy which Rev. Fr. Ikeke released at 7:40 pm (Friday), he mentioned of a person who was having challenges at work that before that time on Monday, it will be sorted out. I was actually on suspension for what I was not involved in. I began to thank God after the prophesy. I was preparing to go for Monday bible study when I got a mail about 5:30 to resume work the following day.”
The story of the woman with the issue of blood is a very popular one, but the lessons therein is still yet to be learnt going by the way and manner the children of God accept and tackle challenges and storms of life.
Verse 25 and 26 of our reflection says, “There was a woman who had suffered terribly from severe bleeding for twelve years, even though she had been treated by many doctors. She had spent all her money, but instead of getting better, she got worse all the time”. The Scripture wants us to understand that it does not matter how horrible a situation has become, how hopeless the case is. We should not be carried away by the helplessness of the situation. The lesson here is we should not be weighed down by the afflictions of trying moments in our lives but to have faith that one day, it must surely be over. Though the woman did what she was supposed to do, yet the sickness grew even worse.
Sometimes we are tempted to question God, “But I have remained faithful to you, why am I passing through this?” Some have waited so long that they begin to count days for God. I have been barren for over ten years now, at age over thirty five, I am still single. I have graduated for over fifteen years, no work. The tale of woes is unending. Beloved in Christ, the lesson to learn today from this reflection is for you not to be weighed down by the ugly situation you are facing. Do not decide to lose your patience with God. Psalm 34:19, encourages us to be calm with God, “The good man suffers many troubles, but the Lord saves him from them all”. Our hearts would have been shaken if the Lord saves the righteous man from some of his troubles. “FROM THEM ALL” that is what the Lord says. No matter the troubles or seeming humiliation your condition attracts, build your confidence in God who is very interested in the case. Just always bear in mind that God is aware of the difficult situation you are passing through. Do not be made to believe that God is not kind to you or impartial or does not like your face, not at all.
In Exodus 3:7-8, “Then the Lord said, “I have seen how cruelly my people are being treated in Egypt; I have heard them cry out to be rescued from their slave-drivers. I know all about their sufferings; and so I have come down to rescue them from the Egyptians and to bring them out of Egypt to a spacious land, one which is rich and fertile and in which the Canaanites, the Hittites, the Amorites, the Perizzites, the Hivites and the Jebusites now live”. When victory is won for you by God, the joy you will get will be more than the pains and humiliations you passed through. Just keep your hope alive; believing and trusting God that these predicaments will be over. Surely it will be because our God is faithful.
- Take a worship song to praise the Lord as you are led.
- Lord, help me to know that no matter what I face, you are still God who can save me.
- Pray for all experiencing one form of challenge or the other that God may intervene in their lives.
- Pray that the Lord should give you the grace not to fail him no matter the condition.
- Pray for the orphan, widows and widowers that God may assist them.
- Pray for all accident victims in the hospitals that the Lord may hasten their healing.
Exercise: Remain positive and happy irrespective of the situation you are facing.
Memory Verse: James 5:8