“When Jesus saw her, he called her forward and said to her, Woman, you are set free from your infirmity.” (Luke 13:12)
Have you ever wondered if God even knows your name? Have you doubted His concern about what you are going through? Have you felt totally alone and worthless? I certainly have …. I can really relate to the woman described in this chapter. Oh, perhaps our problems may not be exactly the same, but the feelings and emotions are; and so is the answer ….
Jesus knew this woman. He knew she had been sick for 18 long years and that she had tried everything to be healed. He knew; but He looked past her pain, her broken state, and saw who she really was. He could have called her by name, but instead He simply said, “Woman.” Jesus included her whole identity in that name; her past, present and future. He knew every detail of her life, and He loved her. And just as He loved this broken woman, He loves you ….
This story may be about a woman, but the message implied can be related to a gentleman as well. There is no gender to pain, trauma, or brokenness. We all are broken or disabled to some degree — whether we are men or women, and therefore the message is for you. You’ll become a better woman or man when you love yourself based on God and not others. God implanted the love of Christ within us before we were ever formed in our mother’s womb. God’s love is the bases of our DNA ….
Becoming a better woman or man is based on how we truly love ourselves according to the Word of God. The scripture in (Luke 13) speaks about a woman who was bound for 18 years with a sickness that caused her to be bent over, a sickness that was caused by a spirit. There are physical sicknesses and emotional sickness. Life has a way of binding us up to the point we are unable to function on a daily basis.
Often sickness can be brought on by stress, bullying, rejection, hurt, anxiety and loss, just to name a few. Sickness has a way of preventing us from becoming the best women and men we were ordained to be ….
Our heavenly Father loves us so much that He has allowed a story to be in scripture about a woman who was in pain for such a long period of her life. It doesn’t state how old she was or when she was afflicted, but it definitely tells us the one who brought her back to wholeness. When Jesus saw her, He called her over to Himself. She was freed from that which had her bound. Jesus wasn’t there to condemn her or reject her, but to truly express His love and concern for her. Once she approached Jesus, He laid His hands on her and immediately she was healed. She took a step of faith to walk towards the answer ….
This woman had been assigned an identity by the relentless illness that plagued her body. Anyone who knew her identified her by that illness. I imagine she felt unwanted and unloved — like a nobody. But when Jesus saw her, He looked at her through different eyes and called her to Himself. With one word from Him, everything changed. All of a sudden, she was somebody ….
There she stood, sick and in pain to the point that she was completely doubled over. Imagine what she felt when she realized that Jesus was talking to her. He was calling her; an outcast. And when she heard His voice, she heard the voice of love
Many of us have been deemed an outcast, even today feel unwanted and unloved, but we can rest in the fact that God knows us and loves us just as we are, right where we are, in the midst of our mess ….
One of my favorite verses of Scripture is (Jeremiah 1:5), “Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, before you were born I set you apart.” Your identity was established before the world began, in the heart and mind of God. Before you were wanted or not wanted by human hearts, before you were planned or not planned by human minds; YOU were wanted and planned in the heart and mind of God ….
Created by God … for God!!
You are valuable simply because God created you.
Take a look at the beautiful words which are found in (Psalm 139:13-16): “For you created my inmost being; you knit me together in my motherʼs womb. I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well. My frame was not hidden from you when I was made in the secret place, when I was woven together in the depths of the earth. Your eyes saw my unformed body; all the days ordained for me were written in your book before one of them came to be.”
In closing; please grab hold of the truth that God knows you, loves you, and is for you. Understand that your life has meaning and you have been chosen and set apart. And that is all you need to face whatever life brings your way today and in days to come …
Jesus may be calling you to come to Him because He wants to set you free. He not only sees your struggles; but He also sees your future prognosis, He is God. My friends, there is greatness in each of you. Each and every one of you, no matter your past, your failures, or the degree of your brokenness; there is potential to become a great woman or man as long as you invest your time and energy in allowing Jesus to rescue you. There hasn’t been one day where the Lord has not loved you. He died for your freedom and if you will allow Him to love you, I believe you will also hear Him calling your name. Remember, His sheep knows His voice and no other will they follow. (John 10:27).
God knows YOU, right where you are today. He says to you: you are freed! You are healed of your sickness, freed from your pain, delivered from your disability! Therefore, look to Him for the foundation for your life. When you’re united with Christ you will remove the crisis in your life. It may take time for your restoration to occur, but I beg you, don’t miss His voice when He calls your name. Regardless of where you are in the journey, our Father desires to make you a great woman or man. Don’t lose your focus or allow others to get you off track. This is your time and your season. Run to Jesus! He’s waiting to touch you …
Let’s pray ~
Father, I thank You for loving me just as I am. Right now, I accept Your love as the priceless gift it is. Teach me to understand the truth that my worth and value rest in You alone; not in the eyes of any person. Today, I choose to step out in faith to become the woman You created me to be. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.