God has Not Forgotten You


“He said to her, ‘Daughter, your faith has healed you.  Go in peace and be freed from your suffering,’” (Mark 5:34 NIV).

 

Oh how I love the story of Jesus healing the woman with the issue of blood recorded in Mark 5:21-34. I can so relate to this woman. What woman among us hasn’t felt the wretchedness of rejection, the shame of suffering, and the humility of hopelessness? What woman hasn’t wondered, would God care about the likes of me?  And here we have a story of just how much God values and esteems His female image bearers. He singles out one lone woman from a multitude of curious followers, heals her of her affliction with but a touch, and then shines the heavenly spotlight center stage for her to testify about the miraculous transformation.

The woman we meet in Mark, chapter five, has been called, “the woman with the issue of blood.” She was defined by what was wrong with her; I’ve felt that sting as well. For twelve long years, this woman had been bleeding…When we meet her, she is physically, financially, socially and spiritually drained – bankrupt in every way.

In Biblical days, certain situations and conditions rendered a person ceremonially unclean.  Leprous people were separated from society and had to shout, “Unclean! Unclean!” when they walked among common folk. Anyone who touched a dead body was considered unclean. And women were considered unclean during their monthly period.

A woman hemorrhaging for twelve years would be considered permanently unclean. If unmarried, she would not be able to marry. If married, her condition would be grounds for divorce. She would be expelled from her home, cut off from her family, and ostracized by her community.

Each doctor’s visit brought a surge of hope and expectation, only to be swept away when the red flow of despair reappeared. The joy of tender youth was now a vague memory, crushed by life’s hardness and the weight of disappointment. The hammer of rejection drove the nails of isolation into the coffin of her tightly secured heart.

Unlike the lame man who was lowered through the roof by four friends and placed at Jesus’ feet, this woman had no one to intercede for her. There was no father pleading for his daughter. There was no husband praying for his wife.  There was no master imploring Jesus’ help to heal a servant. When we meet this woman, she is fearful and forgotten. She is all alone – or so it seemed to her.

Sometimes we can feel the same: abandoned by friends, deserted by a spouse, forgotten by family, unseen by society. But she was not forgotten. She was not alone. This Daughter of Abraham was close to God’s heart and foremost on His mind. So God the Father orchestrated His Son’s journey to pass her way.

This woman understood that Jesus was radically different in his approach and appreciation of women.  She knew full well that she was overstepping cultural and religious boundaries set out by pious men of her day, but it was a risk she was willing to take.

Two things happened when she touched Jesus. First she was healed. It was measurable. She felt the flow of blood cease. Jesus felt the power of God released.

Secondly, she was revealed. Her courage was cloaked in anonymity trembling in the fear of exposure, but Jesus was not going to allow her to “steal” her healing. He wanted to do more than stop the flow of blood. He wanted to start the flow of ministry. He called her forward to testify, to tell what had just happened to her so that others would believe.

  He said to her, “Daughter, your faith has healed you. Go in peace and be freed from your suffering. (Mark 5:34).

 

 A Rabbi did not speak to a woman in public, but once again, Jesus, the liberator, broke the man-made rules for the God-made woman. He did not call her out to embarrass or shame her in any way. He called her center stage to honor her honesty, to commend her courage, and to validate her valor. He did not reprimand her for breaking the religious rules, but praised her great faith.

Once again, Jesus called a woman out from the shadows and placed her center stage. No longer was she a woman in need of a healing touch, but now a believer who had received it and was called on to tell about it.

 Let’s Pray

Dear LORD, I am so thankful that Jesus didn’t let this woman slip away with her healing, but called her out to tell what happened. Help me to speak up about the wonderful things You have done and are doing in my life, so others may hear and believe. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.

 Now It’s Your Turn

How do you think the crowd responded to her healing?

What does Revelation 12:11 tell us about the power of our personal testimonies?

The Bible doesn’t tell us what happened to the woman after her healing. What do you think happened to her?  What do you think she did with the rest of her life? Share your answer and let’s think about that together.

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Today’s devotion was taken from my book, What God Really Thinks about Women: Finding Your Significance through the Women Jesus Encountered. Check it out at www.localhost/sjold. You’ll fall in love with Jesus all over again.

 

53 Responses to God has Not Forgotten You

  1. Christine July 17, 2012 at 9:02 am #

    This devotion gave me very specific life direction today, thank you! May God continue to bless you GIGsxxx

  2. Deborah Aber July 17, 2012 at 9:05 am #

    Hi Sharon,
    I am particularly gratefully for a relationship with God.He alone makes all the difference in any life.
    It is interesting to note that over time women have been disadvantaged and treated differently.

    I used to be too shy to share testimonies of what God was doing in my life,but I have discovered over time that testimonies trigger faith and encourage other brethren.perhaps it was for this same reason that Jesus asked this woman to share her experience with the crowd.
    Keep up the good work

  3. John Larimer July 17, 2012 at 9:42 am #

    First I would like to say, I like His Word Orchestrated that you used, so fitting in with His Sovereignty in all our lives. I believe the woman healed would have gone on to witness for Jesus and more so after the day of Pentecost where she was signed, sealed, and deilivered by His Holy Spirit.

    • John Larimer July 17, 2012 at 9:54 am #

      I’ve rarely done this before, commenting I mean, I hope it is okay. <3

  4. LisaT July 17, 2012 at 9:43 am #

    She smiled….very big and for a long time 🙂

  5. LaVonne July 17, 2012 at 10:08 am #

    1. Some may have be appauled that they were standing next to someone unclean, but I’m sure there were many more who were in awe of her courage and faith. I would have thought, “why didn’t I think of that.”
    2. It is the power to overcome
    3. A touch from the Lord is too powerful to keep to yourself. Like the woman at the well, I’m sure she told everyone she encountered what happened to her. She spread the news of Jesus. And I’m sure she couldn’t have stopped talking about Him even if she wanted to.

  6. Sylvia July 17, 2012 at 10:17 am #

    Hi Sharon
    Thanks for speaking about the woman with the issue of blood – it is one of my favourite scriptures – she showed such faith, after all she had endured. I think she would have gone on to minister to other women.

  7. Quiltspinner July 17, 2012 at 10:47 am #

    If I were this woman, and I am in a manner of speaking, I would be telling everyone who would listen what my Lord did for me. With some there would be skepticism, some would outwardly laugh and mock, but then some, the ones who seek truth would believe and want to know more. Of course with age has come more discernment as to who is even remotely interested and those who need to know your heart before they will receive the grace and healing God has shown you.

  8. Claudia July 17, 2012 at 12:09 pm #

    I believe she went on to relive that healing over and over by retelling it to anyone who would listen! Her faith had made her whole and I believe her faith grew as she retold the story of her healing and through that other peoples faith was either born again or made strong hearing her story!

  9. Katie July 17, 2012 at 12:25 pm #

    This is what I’d like to think happened to the woman healed by touching Jesus….I’d like I think she went on to share her testimony and reach out to other women enslaved by illnesses or” profession”…letting them know that Jesus saves and heals! That she would bring a light to women without hope and that she could tell them the true love Jesus has for them!

  10. IM2B2BS09 July 17, 2012 at 12:35 pm #

    And they overcame him by the blood of the Lamb, and by the word of their testimony;(Rev 12:11a). We overcome Satan by the precious blood of the lamb and the words of our testimonies. When we talk about the goodness of God the enemy is put to shame. I can only assume that the woman went about spreading the good news of her healing and about the ministry of Jesus Christ.

  11. Lana July 17, 2012 at 12:37 pm #

    I believe she “praised” God in the moment (when she was healed) and continued to share with everyone she came in contact with about what God had done for her, through Jesus. It’s the same for us. When we come in contact with the power of God, through Jesus, we’re healed! Healed from our sin that has kept us separated (like the woman was separated from society) from God. I believe that she shared “boldly” with all those who knew her and her past condition (like unto our past condition) that had kept her separated from society. What a challenge to me!

  12. Anita July 17, 2012 at 12:51 pm #

    I think after being healed this woman had a ministry. I think she continued telling of her healing and telling others about Jesus. She probably went on to become a wife and mom. It wouldn’t surprise me if she had a daughter and instilled in her daughter all that she had learned from Jesus about how females are loved, valued and cherished by the Heavenly Father. Somewhere out there today there are probably women that are desendats of this women who still carry on the lessons passed down to them through generations of strong women who are confident in the love God has for them.

  13. Nikki July 17, 2012 at 1:11 pm #

    I think that once she was healed she lived everyday to the fullest. Grateful for the new life God had given her and letting the world know how good He is. I believe she went on to live a life serving God, engaged in ministry, and not looking back.

  14. Beth Courtright July 17, 2012 at 1:20 pm #

    Hi Sharon! I read your devotional today about the woman with the issue of blood. In that passage of Scripture it doesn’t say what she did after she got her healing. Well here’s my take on it: First she thanked Jesus for her healing. Then she went around spreading the news. You know giving her testimony to everybody that wasn’t there. Well that’s the way I see it. I was blessed by it like I am by all your devotionals. Speaking of blessings may the good Lord shower y’all with a bunch of’em. May H put a spring in your step and a melody in your heart. Also always remember that Jesus loves you and me too. <3

  15. Darlene July 17, 2012 at 1:31 pm #

    If this woman is anything like me and some others, her curiosity got the best of her. She probably would have been so excited she stuck around to see what else was in store for her. I would have. God bless!

  16. Diane Robson July 17, 2012 at 1:37 pm #

    Our God wants each one of us to step out and speak of HIS love and kindness, his favor on our lives and how he delights in his daughters living HIS love.

  17. Toni July 17, 2012 at 1:43 pm #

    I think she started her life all over again. She began to make friends and because of her ordeal she could probably read people well enough to know who her true new friends were. She married, had children and her husband helped her in her ministry of spreading the good news about Christ!!

  18. Toni Wortherly July 17, 2012 at 2:05 pm #

    I think that it probably took some time for the woman to understand and accept that she no longer had to live life ashamed. But, after sometime of realizing that God is real and Jesus heals from the inside out, she likely told her testimony to anyone who would listen. Many times when we have been suffering or afflicted for a long time with something, we have a tendency to continue to live as though we are damaged, even though we have been delivered. However, once we realize that we are His and His love starts to flow from within us, so that we can accept who He made us to be, and not give any thought to what others may think of our past, our present, or future, we cannot help but shout of His love from whatever platform we may have.
    http://elevatedvalues.weebly.com/2/post/2012/03/hes-still-god.html

  19. Veronica July 17, 2012 at 2:10 pm #

    I think that this Woman went on and became an advocate of Christ. I know if I were in her shoes, I would be praising God from sunup to sundown. I speak of all the good in my life now because of Him and I hope all others who have been blessed will do the same. God Bless.

  20. Joan Barrett July 17, 2012 at 2:20 pm #

    I feel that after her encounter with Jesus she not only found healing but,restoration.She had to feel compelled to tell all the people that had shunned her,cursed her and had seperated themselves from her what,Jesus had done for her.I feel that after her encounter with Jesus she became a christian and,fell deeply in love with Him.

  21. amanda addo July 17, 2012 at 2:59 pm #

    This devotional has reassured my faith in the Lord. I have been struggling for a while now in all areas of my life and through it all, i began to lose a connection with God. I know i am a working progress and i am ready to build a better relationship with him.

    After reading this devotional, i believe that having faith and trusting that God will answer all my prayers and hopes in due season will take me far. After the woman was healed, i believe that she never stopped testifying about her miracle. She probably continued to follow Jesus and preach about faith. With the new beginning, i am sure she got married and started a family..she was now fulfilled.

    I am sometimes hesitant on spreading the word and telling people about what God has been doing in my life, but if i am ashamed of him now, he will be ashamed of me as well. I am determined to break my silence and start testifying of his goodness and mercies upon my life.

    Praise God..

  22. Charlene Kociuba July 17, 2012 at 3:40 pm #

    Dear Sharon,
    For me to be accurate would take knowing how women were perceived in that day. Today, however, with the flipant, irreverant society we live in, I’d say, that the “glory” would be short lived and lies would overtake the miracle. This is my honest opinion. No one really cares about our personal suffering except Jesus.
    I know for me, her story is my story and I’ve learned to suppress the heartache of continual rejection, since age 5. I cannot begin to state what it is to be blamed, criticized and set aside by the older folks in my family. Shame on them. I know that as a child I am not responsible for their hatred and character flaws, only my own. I wrestle with the labels but know that Jesus has redeemed me and has set the record straight. He made me one of His and for that, I am truly thankful. NOW I have to find my value as I grow in Him.

  23. Mary Louise Smith July 17, 2012 at 3:49 pm #

    I believe she told everyone about what Jesus did for her. I believe she also was one of His followers.

  24. Sandra July 17, 2012 at 4:03 pm #

    I think she told anyone who would listen to her what Jesus did for her. I know I have and still do as I had a similar experience with our Lord Jesus. That experience does change your life forever. It changed mine and I’m sure it changed the woman’s life too. I get tear-eyed just thinking about it. I feel as if my heart will burst with love for the Lord Jesus Christ. Thanks for your devotional.

  25. Darla Landers July 17, 2012 at 4:17 pm #

    This was exactly the encouragement I needed as i sit here in the doctors office at Duke Cancer Center. Praise God for His promises. I believe trials come in our lives because that is what draws us closer to Him and that will ultimately make it all for His glory. John 11:4

  26. Ruby July 17, 2012 at 4:30 pm #

    I believe the woman went about telling everyone of the love of Christ and how He loves us all.

  27. Kowana Farrar July 17, 2012 at 4:55 pm #

    Good morning Sharon,

    This devotion has helped me see how I am not forgotten. I think the woman shared her experince with Jesus and that was her continued ministry. I think she definitely ministered to others in regards in how Jesus had healed her. I think God used her in ways to help othe rwomen see how he really has not forgotten them even in the times of trials and tribulations. Thank you so much for your heart for God. I will continue to pray for you and your ministry. Kowana Farrar

  28. Kathy July 17, 2012 at 4:58 pm #

    Wow just read this. Boy can I relate. I am going through my third divorce. My first marriage was when I was 18 and I am now 49. I have been “bleeding” for many years as well. The church does not know how to help women in my circumstance. The Bible says a woman divorcing for any other reason but sexual intercourse will lead the man she remarries into adultry. I feel cursed! I have made the statement that I carry not one but three heavy scarlet letters around my neck. After reading this I realize that Jesus forgives and what the church thinks dosen’t matter. I will continue to serve my Lord and if he so calls me to be an upstanding woman standing with a upstanding man serving Him than so be it! Just for the record, my first husband left me for many other women, the second husband’s son sexually attacted my son and he did not stand for my son or me, he hid in shame, the third husband was diagnosed with Bipolar disease after our wedding, and I wanted to take my life and his too last summer. I found a wonderful christain woman/therapist that helped me get through the crisis. Now I am facing the third divorce wondering if I have the right to be “happily” married to a man who loves the Savior as much as I do. I will pray!!! Thank you SO much for your words of encouragement!

  29. Paula July 17, 2012 at 4:59 pm #

    Hi Sharon, Thank you for delivering the Lord’s kiss to me today. As all morning I have feel alone since Saturday 7/7 as I broken my ankle in 3 place and had surgery and I;m home. Not really sure what his plan is in this…But as I check my email with tear welled in my eyes I said a little prayer asking for a message….anything ….and I got “God has not forgotten ME’ THANK-YOU!!!!

  30. Sharon July 17, 2012 at 5:59 pm #

    I think she would have shouted it from the roof tops and she would have gone with Jesus anywhere He wanted her to go.

  31. Vivian July 17, 2012 at 7:03 pm #

    Hi Sharon,

    Thank you – the devotional today has touched me as well as spoken to me. Like her I have issues of blood “autoimmune disorders”. This is the second time this year that this story has come up in relation to my illness. My husband’s aunt told me to hold on to Jesus as this woman did and he will heal me. Now I know that God is speaking to me and it is not a coincidence.

    Like this woman I am tired of the doctors, endless blood test and harmful medications. I am frustrated and alone- imprisoned in a body that no longer functions well. Like me she probably did not look sick on the outside but could not explain why she was always tired and not feeling well. Having to pretend that all is well because others will not understand and instead of supporting her they shun her. Only God understands and gives us the strength and through this devotional has told me he knows what I am going through and hears my prayers.

    And if he chooses to keep me in this valley – I will still trust him. I know he has a purpose! He is a good God no matter what. I will glorify him in this valley and will help others who like me are suffering. Thank you and God bless you!

  32. Sheila July 17, 2012 at 7:08 pm #

    I believe she gave praise to Jesus the Son for her healing and she spread the word of Jesus and His love for the people, especially the women to anyone who would listen to her. Right now I am trying to be the woman God wants me to be and I know how hard it is. Thank you for your Girlfriends In God e-mails.

  33. Kathy McCurley July 17, 2012 at 11:01 pm #

    This was a very strong woman, she had experienced pain, emotionally and physically. She risked her life only she gained it. She must have felt such love and devotion to Christ after her healing and a peace that passes all understanding.
    Kathy McCurley

  34. katie July 17, 2012 at 11:14 pm #

    Sharon, thank you for posting this. I believe she was sharing the love of Jesus everywhere, and her faith increased to unimaginable heights after He healed her. And her faith was already so strong, so just imagine! I love this story also, and it reminds me of Nicole C. Mullen’s song about it, and I get cold chills!!!

    And @Kathy, God bless you I will be praying for you.

  35. Pat July 18, 2012 at 1:09 am #

    I’m sure that at first she could not believe it, but then it hopefully dawned on her that the touch of GOD is very real. I was healed, and I ashamed to admit that I have not shared my testimony. I think that she went around telling others that if you press your way, GOD will have mercy on you and reward your faithfulness. I hope that she lived a very happy life, but always confident in the knowledge that it was Jesus who healed her and serve as a testimony that it is Jesus who saves…not we ourselves lest any man should boast.

  36. DJ July 18, 2012 at 4:09 am #

    Hi, as i read the account of this woman, i seen her in a different way. I could relate to her for i have fibromaynalgia and neuropathy in my feet. I know that feeling of loneliness and feeling all alone even tho i have people around me and care for me. Also as i read i never i never thought what God told her to do and it was to be a minestry, and to spread the His Word. I love when you have read a scripure so many times and each time you find something wonderful out of it. Thank you for your minestry, it surely is a blessing to me Donna

  37. tj July 18, 2012 at 10:00 am #

    I feel that over the last few months, God has been leading me time and time again to this passsage and to this woman with the issue of blood. I can so identify with her, even down to the fact that 12 years ago, I moved away from family and everything that was familiar and have struggled with many things in my life ever since. The last few months have been both difficult and amazing at the same time. I now attend church and am committed to live out this walk of faith with Jesus as my healer, my guide and my friend. I am so excited to see where God will lead me next but wherever it is I will continue to cling on to the hem of his garment and speak of his goodness to me. This woman , I am sure, would have gone about her days with Jesus in her heart and with her praise of him on her lips. Let us all be bold and courageous when calls us centre stage.

  38. Peris July 19, 2012 at 5:48 am #

    hi All,

    I love how you have put this story into perspective, you know at times we read the Bible and look at the tales inside there as just that – tales, forgetting that this are real people who encountered a real God. I particularly like the bit that says Jesus broke man-made rules for the God-made woman!!!!

    I think after the healing, the greatest change wasn’t just the physical but the emotional…The inner woman had been bleeding too and was drained from all the heart ache, rejection and depression. She started seeing herself as the great woman she was made to be full of potential and beauty beyond her wildest imagination ever!!!

    I do however have a question; when the Bible says she had “the issue of blood” what does it mean??? Was she bleeding the entire 12 years, 24-7-365???? or was it just an abnormally heavy flow???

  39. april martin July 19, 2012 at 8:00 am #

    i’m no grasshopper!!!!!!!

  40. cypriana wilkey July 19, 2012 at 10:20 am #

    Dear Sharon. Thanks for toda’s message and in response I shout “I AM NOT A GRASSHOPPER” amen halleluyah!

  41. Sue Ann July 19, 2012 at 12:57 pm #

    I am no grasshopper, although there are those days that I forget God’s promises. Glory to God!!!

  42. Kathleen Fanning July 19, 2012 at 12:58 pm #

    I’m no grasshopper! I’m a warrior in God’s eyes! Amen

  43. geraldine July 19, 2012 at 1:05 pm #

    Indeed, I am not a grasshopper in Jesus name. Thanks for your message

  44. Liz July 19, 2012 at 1:40 pm #

    I am no grasshopper. I am Gods child and Jesus is my saviour. I place my trust in Him and will not listen to the naysayers.

  45. Barbara July 20, 2012 at 2:11 am #

    Sharon, I am going through what this woman had been going through and Jesus is leading me through – slowly – but after doctors and tests – I know the Master Physician has me in His hands and I will be all right. If God leads you to it, He will lead you through it. This woman, and I thought of this recently, like the woman at the well, was changed forever and spreading the word of God and Jesus as her Savior was her new occupation. I also recall the woman who implored Jesus to help her daughter, possessed by demons and Jesus telling her that (paraphrasing here) to give food to the dogs, but the woman challenged him that even the dogs eat the scraps from the master’s table. Another example of faith! 3 women needing Jesus’s touch, healing that only comes from Him.
    Thank you for this very fitting Bible story

  46. Laura Grubler July 24, 2012 at 1:10 pm #

    The person who is always there for me is my cousin Lisa Morris Piggott. She gives me encouragement based on her love of the Lord and what she knows is His love for me. She is truly a blessing from God in my life, and I try to be the same for her. And I want thank GIG for the daily blessing of the devotions that help me start my day. God bless you!

    Laura

  47. Davida July 24, 2012 at 2:54 pm #

    My best friend and prayer partner is in heaven now, but sometimes I believe I can feel her encouragement and excitement here on earth…urging me on and sending her love through the love of the Lord. Her name was Patty.

  48. Mrs Newble July 25, 2012 at 4:12 am #

    First Lady Barbra Bailey has been a wonderful encourager to me. I love u Frst Lady

  49. Sharon Roach July 26, 2012 at 9:44 am #

    Hi Sharon, the devotion on ‘Listening to God’ – July 26, 2012 spoke strongly to me, as the Lord gave me a frightening nudge weeks ago to restart a singing group He established years ago. Therefore this morning devotion comes as God’s confirmation to what He nudged me to do. I will awake each morning listening for God’s instructions, and I will not be rebellious. Amen.

  50. Mrs Makamu July 26, 2012 at 11:41 am #

    this winter I went into the shop to get my girls some chips and I was welcomed into the store by a brilliant young man (early 20’s). He was begging for food. I went to the counter with him bought him chips and he asked for bread instead and I bought him both. Whilst waiting for our orders he came and sat next to me and told me his very painful story. He is the last born at home, no father, his mom is bed ridden and the elder sibling are in the world. He left home came to to town to look for work and three months later, mid winter he still looking for work, no food, no place to stay.
    I cried inside but what touched me the most was when he said his quick prayer, shed a tear and continues with his painful ordeal. Our order was then called, a young man in him he took the slip, jumped and got the order.
    He gave me the food bag and I gave him his food and off we went, whilst outside I asked myself where is he going to sleep and he said at the church. and the person in me thought OK he’ll be save. I gave him my cellphone numbers and asked him to call me that evening, as I thought I’ll get home and tell my husband about him first – he did not call until today my conscious is still haunting me, where is he?

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