Daily Bible Study with Purpose

🔺 Healed by Faith

by Irvine Saint-Vilus

It was a great privilege to sit down with a dear woman. We had just met and I listened to her story, including a troubling burden. During her account, she began to cry, and a torrent of tears streamed down her cheeks. “You see,” she said, “the days have turned into months, the months into years. I am dealing with the same problem with no end in sight.”

The possibility of an endless battle with the same condition was a source of torment to her. “I’m so tired,” she yelped like a wounded pup. I batted away my tears. I watched this woman, recalling a personal struggle with a joy-stealing, life-draining issue that had kept me bound and crippled for so many years.

Isn’t that the story for many of us?

The “thing” in our lives that will not go away?!- Whether it is a debilitating condition or an unmet need or desire. Regardless of our efforts, causing us to lose hope and to wonder, “Will things ever change for me?” As I continued to listen to the woman, the biblical image of another surfaced in my mind; a woman with an issue of blood that lasted for twelve long and painful years (Mark 5:34-35).

With each passing year, the prospect of her healing grew dim until she had exhausted all possibilities of being made well again. Then she heard about the Lord Jesus and believed that He could bring the healing she desperately needed. Like the woman with the issue of blood, we can submit our “thing” to the Lord and watch with wonder as He frees us from the perpetual burden that binds and replace it with an abundant life filled with joy and gladness.


Journal Prompts:

  1. Am I letting God into my life? 
  2. Where is acceptance needed?
  3. How can I give God praise while I wait? 

 


This devotional was written by Irvine Saint-Vilus a loving contributor to Our Given Purpose® Edited by Torrie Slaughter in the Commonwealth of Virginia. 

© Torrie Slaughter, LLC, Torrie Slaughter Photography, and Our Given Purpose ®, 2020.

 

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