There was a woman who had been suffering from hemorrhages for 12 years. She had endured much under many physicians, and had spent all that she had; and she was no better, but rather grew worse. She had heard about Jesus, and came up behind him in the crowd and touched his cloak, for she said, “If I but touch his clothes, I will be made well.” Immediately her hemorrhage stopped; and she felt in her body that she was healed of her disease. Immediately aware that power had gone forth from him, Jesus turned about in the crowd and said, “Who touched my clothes?” And his disciples said to him, “You see the crowd pressing in on you; how can you say, “Who touched me?’ ” He looked all around to see who had done it. But the woman, knowing what had happened to her, came in fear and trembling, fell down before him, and told him the whole truth. He said to her, “Daughter, your faith has made you well; go in peace, and be healed of your disease.”
Though the context doesn’t say it directly, I’m willing to say that the woman was wealthy, it says that “she’d spent all she had” on “many physicians”. Unfortunately though, instead of getting better, she only “grew worse”.
(Now, please understand, I’m not taking the Jehovah’s witnesses’ side on refusing medication. I do believe in going to the doctor’s when sick, in need of check ups, the hospital when needed, etc., so I’m neither saying to not go to a doctor when sick nor to refuse treatment). What I AM trying to get at is…what do you suppose kept her from seeing Jesus as an option before? For “she had heard about Jesus”, and she was rich, so she could’ve gone anywhere by any means long ago to be healed, but it wasn’t until He was walking through her town that she decided to go to Him.
Notice the timing…by the time Jesus was walking through her town, she was bankrupt. For so long she had relied on her finances to take care of her, and it wasn’t until they were all gone that she finally looked to God. But she couldn’t see yet because her view was blocked by her own wealth, like a fog, or a wall.
In Daniel 4, it says that Nebuchadnezzar (famous, powerful, extremely wealthy king of Babylon), after spending years in the wilderness, lifted his eyes towards heaven, and his sanity was restored. Then immediately after, he praised, honored, and glorified the Lord.
Once the wall was cleared, they could both see the Lord. And what they needed could only be granted by God. They believed and were transformed, both physically and spiritually.
Look today at how many of us rely on things other than the Lord. Maybe it’s money, status, popularity, our jobs, or something else. But once we lose some or all of it, what’s the first thing we do? We cry out to God asking “why me” or “why did you do this to me?”
There’s a saying I heard on House the other day…something like, “foolish is the one who says he doesn’t believe in God, but yet gets mad at Him when things go wrong”.
What’s the fog or wall in your life that’s keeping you from seeing the Lord? What needs to happen in order for you to finally “lift your eyes towards heaven”?