When God wants to do more for you than solve your problem
I feel the lump in my throat. The tears gather in my eyes, wanting to flow but don’t. My chest tightens as the anxiety builds. I don’t even know what the problem is, but then I think about my day. Ah. There is a problem—one I can’t control, and one I fear will turn out terribly unless God miraculously intervenes. I’m afraid, so I pray. In desperation, I have to pray. The pain forces me come to Jesus. Have you ever felt desperate with the weight of a problem only God could solve? A woman came to Jesus with her problem.
A woman who came to Jesus
The woman had been suffering for twelve years. (Read her story here in Mark 5.) She’d done everything she could to make her problem better. Instead, her problem got worse. She heard about Jesus and believed he could heal her if she touched his garment. She only wanted her problem solved. Jesus wanted more for her, so he invited her into a relationship with him.
“Who touched my robe?”
Jesus knew the truth. Just as God asked Adam and Eve in the garden, “Where are you?” his words invited both relationship and truth. A good relationship requires the presence of truth. Adam and Eve didn’t take the offer. They shifted blame instead of telling the truth about themselves. They didn’t come to God as this woman came.
We don’t know what she said other than that she told the whole truth. She came on bended knees, trembling and pouring out her heart. She faced her healer and didn’t know what would happen next. Would he chide her for “taking” this healing without asking? Was she feeling shame or guilt? He gave her peace in exchange for her fears.
He called her daughter. That special relationship is the kind we all can have when we believe in Jesus. A daughter of the King of Kings can run to the Father saying “Abba, Father” with any need—without rebuke.
“Your faith has made you well.”
Her faith in Jesus not only gave her physical healing but that which is so much better—wholeness in her soul. Having a right relationship with God is infinitely more important than physical healing. He gave her both.
“Go in peace.”
Jesus was speaking more than a greeting. He is the giver of peace. And because she came to him, baring her soul, he gave her peace that is beyond understanding.
6 Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank him for all he has done. 7 Then you will experience God’s peace, which exceeds anything we can understand. His peace will guard your hearts and minds as you live in Christ Jesus.
“Your suffering is over.”
She now could close this chapter in her life and live forward from a place of healing. Jesus wasn’t guaranteeing physical health for the rest of her life. But this part of the suffering was done. Since she entered into a relationship with Jesus, he would be both her healer and peace giver.
Still, I wait
Remember the lump in my throat? I cried out to God and told him the truth about my fears. I called on him to work in the situation that was beyond my ability to solve. He calmed my inner storm, but still I wait.
Jesus hasn’t performed a miracle my problem. But because he is my healer and my peace giver, I have what I need. He always give me what I need.
19 And my God will supply every need of yours according to his riches in glory in Christ Jesus.
Do you have a problem that is drawing you to Jesus?
Jesus wants to do more in your life than solve your problem. He’s inviting you into a relationship with him. If you’re not his daughter yet, he wants to give you a right relationship with God as you put your faith in Jesus as your Savior. If you’re already a daughter, he’s calling you into a deeper relationship.
He can give you wholeness. He can give you peace. If you’re waiting for this painful chapter to be over, and you’re weary, Jesus wants to walk with you. He’s not wasting this time. On the other side is a more whole, more-like-Jesus you. Will you trust him?