TUESDAY, JANUARY 19
When the woman realized that she could not stay hidden…
Luke 8:47 (NLT)
THE ROAD TO LONELINESS: HIDING
A Harvard study of 7,000 people found that the most isolated people were 3 times more likely to die than those with strong relationships. Reporting on the study, John Ortberg writes that “people who had bad health habits (such as smoking, poor eating habits, or alcohol use) but strong social ties lived significantly longer than people who had great health habits but were isolated. In other words, it is better to eat Twinkies with good friends than to eat broccoli alone.” What is true physically is also true spiritually: if we want to maintain a healthy, lifelong walk with Christ, we need community. To stay faithful we must stay connected. That’s why God gave us the church. (Davon Huss)
The woman in Luke 8 was hurting, lonely, and had been in hiding. According to Steven Cole on the gravity of this woman’s bleeding – According to the Law of Moses (Lev 15:19-31), she was perpetually ceremonially unclean. Whoever touched her was unclean, so that even her own family had to keep their distance unless they wanted to be defiled. Whatever she lied or sat on became unclean, so that whoever touched those objects also became unclean. This poor woman was an outcast, cut off from her family, friends, and culture. This woman was hurting physically, emotionally and spiritually.
Jesus did a great work in this woman’s life that not only healed her physically but brought her out of isolation and hiding. Have there been times in life when you have withdrawn from people because of hurt or shame? Jesus wants the church to be a place where you are free to come out of hiding.
Thank God for loving you through any shame or hurt you have been through. Thank Him for being a safe place to find help and healing.