And a certain woman, which had an issue of blood twelve years, And had suffered many things of many physicians, and had spent all that she had, and was nothing bettered, but rather grew worse, When she had heard of Jesus, came in the press behind, and touched his garment. (Mark 5:25-27 KJV)
She was all out of options. She told everyone she knew and went to doctor after doctor, but still there was no medicine that could make her well. Sadly, she spent all of her money in search of a cure, but none was to be found. I’m quite sure that everyone knew of her condition and she was utterly embarrassed; however, she held out hope that maybe just maybe He could make this issue right. She had absolutely no one else to run to.
So David and his men came to the city, and, behold, it was burned with fire; and their wives, and their sons, and their daughters, were taken captives. Then David and the people that were with him lifted up their voice and wept, until they had no more power to weep. And David’s two wives were taken captives, Ahinoam the Jezreelitess, and Abigail the wife of Nabal the Carmelite. And David was greatly distressed; for the people spake of stoning him, because the soul of all the people was grieved, every man for his sons and for his daughters: but David encouraged himself in the Lord his God. (I Samuel 30:3-6 KJV)
He was in total anguish. Not only were his wives taken, but the wives and children of his supporters as well as all of their stuff were taken by their enemies. The people wanted to kill him because they had lost it all. How could this have happened when he was abiding by the Word of God? He was the leader and he had no one to run to and tell about his situation so he spoke life into himself.
Can you find yourself in either of these situations? You have an issue and no matter how many friends and family members you call you can’t get any resolve. You just don’t know what to do and what direction to take. You’ve tried on your own and put faith into things and people but still come up empty or maybe you have lost it all. In these hard economic times, some of you have lost homes that you have been paying mortgages on for many years. All of the car payments that you’ve made for the past few years seem to be in vain as the dealership calls with threats of repossession. The cost of gas, groceries and other basic necessities are rising and you don’t know how you are going to make ends meet.
Perhaps your situation is even more personal. I know that I am pretty tired of expressing to my friends that I desire companionship and want to be married with children. I feel as though I sound like a broken record. My current financial battles seem embarrassing knowing where I started. Trying to figure out the best treatment or solution for my mother’s care is even more stressful because I feel as though I am all out of options and everything I want to do is just not possible. My car is not working and I am ready to move. I got issues! Have I talked to God? Certainly!
What’s your issue? Is it love, money, health, career, family drama? Although our current situations can seem too much to bear, we have to be relentless in our prayer and fasting. Like the woman with the issue of blood, we must press our way through to Jesus and be determined that no matter how long it takes we are going to reach Him. He is going to deliver but we need patience knowing that His timing is the best timing. David was able to encourage himself because He knew the Word and Promises of God. David wrote, “Thy word have I hid in mine heart, that I might not sin against thee.” (Psalms 119:11) We have to saturate ourselves in the Word of God so that in times when we can’t get to the Bible we are still able to recall what God has promised us!
That is why we never give up. Though our bodies are dying, our spirits are being renewed every day. For our present troubles are small and won’t last very long. Yet they produce for us a glory that vastly outweighs them and will last forever! So we don’t look at the troubles we can see now; rather, we fix our gaze on things that cannot be seen. For the things we see now will soon be gone, but the things we cannot see will last forever. (II Corinthians 4:16-18 NLT)
Thank You for being a God who never fails. You tell us in 2 Corinthians 1:20 that your promises are yea and Amen. Forgive me for not running to You and Your Word and instead seeking answers from those who simply cannot provide resolution. Father, when You choose to use others to provide me with wisdom let me be able to sort out those who have Godly wisdom opposed to those who are just flapping their gums. Daddy, help me with my endurance knowing that if I am patient that this too shall pass. Thank You for allowing me to run to You. In Jesus’ Name, Amen!
Ladies, today I EMPOWER you to run to the arms of the one who loves you! He knows what is best for you and knows the ending of a thing before you know the beginning. The trials and tribulations that you face exist to draw you closer to Him and to build up your faith. Know that He is always open and never too busy to hear from You.
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This EmpowerMoment was inspired as I listened to Xscape’s “Who Can I Run To?” http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e2gzEjt3BBA
Ms. Chancee` Lundy currently resides in Atlanta, GA and is a small business co-owner of Nspiregreen, LLC an environmental consulting firm. She is also a dedicated daughter, sister, friend, community servant, and child of God. She is passionate about causes that truly uplift the community. One of her favorite scriptures is Hebrews 11:6: “And without faith it is impossible to please God, because anyone who comes to him must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who earnestly seek him.”