Finding True Peace
One thing I hate is debt. There is something about owing money that tends to steal my peace, even if only for a moment. I hate looking at a large number and knowing that I do not have the resources to pay it off.
I remember just shortly after my youngest was born and getting those first medical bills. The anxiety was overwhelming. I was sick with stress. The hospital’s minimum payment would steal our grocery budget as well as a few other bills just to be able to pay down the hospital bill. How were we going to make it? There were so many questions and other bills pulling at us that I could not help but feel like I was drowning in financial trouble.
Thankfully, God worked everything out. He provided the means that would satisfy that bill and I am so thankful for that!
Have you ever been in such a position? Maybe it was not financial but maybe it was health-related. Maybe it was a problem that was simply outside of your control and ability to fix. Maybe it was a problem that kept you up at night, even if only a night.
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It is in these moments when I know that despite what my body is telling me about stress, I know that peace is just as close to my heart as stress is. I know that God is always bigger than my problem AND He has the resources to take care of my problem. He can provide the finances, heal our broken bodies, fix strained relationships, and handle everything within and outside of our control and ability to fix. Most of all, in those moments and seasons of stress, He is our peace!
Read: Luke 8:40-48
One of my long time favorite stories in the Bible is of the woman with the issue of blood. She does not have a name that is mentioned, but she has a problem. Her problem is outside of her ability and control to fix. Her health problem even stumps the doctors of her time! She finds herself desperate. She has run out of money because of her seemingly unsolvable problem and in walks Jesus.
Whether Jesus comes to her town, or whether she sought after Him specifically, Jesus enters the picture and changes everything.
So many times we think that maybe we know that He might possibly fix our problem. (See all the doubt in this sentence?) Even in those same moments, we might have a period where we start thinking, “Ok… I think Jesus can do something about this.” We watch our faith grow, even minutely. At some point, that faith needs to turn into action, and that is exactly what happens here in this story.
She sees Jesus’ hem and says, “Hey, if I can touch that, I will be healed!” She recognizes that He carries a lot of power and she only needs the tiniest fraction of that power for her healing. In confidence and faith, she reaches out towards His hem and touches it!
When will our faith move from just KNOWING He can do something about our situation to DOING something about it? Her understanding of His power moved from KNOWING to DOING. Doing looks like getting close to Him, doing looks like a conversation with Jesus, doing looks like a touch, doing looks like obedience.
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Lessons We Learn About Peace
She had confidence that Jesus had authority over her problem. She was so confident that she stood there in the midst of the crowd. She sought Him out. She could have walked away from Jesus or watched from afar, but instead, she was there in His midst. She was confident that He could do something about her problem. She was confident in His ability to heal. She was confident in His authority over her health.
She recognized that she had a part to play. Faith has an action element to it. In salvation, we have to believe and confess. Sometimes our part is simply trusting despite what our circumstances tell us. Other times our part requires some movement on our end as we move closer to Jesus, close enough to reach that hem.
Only Jesus can give us true peace. Whether our issues of stress are health, financial, relational, or anything else, Jesus is the only one who can come and bring in true peace where there are anxiety and stress. He is the Prince of Peace and when we lock eyes with the Prince of Peace, our situations suddenly seem so small by comparison. He is bigger than our circumstances. He is bigger than our situations. He is bigger than health scares, financial woes, and relational drama.
Do we want the true peace or something less genuine? She did not settle for anything less than Jesus and honestly, we should not either! Anything less than Jesus is counterfeit and it is not real peace.