The woman with the issue of blood was in need of something, but she didn’t wait for Jesus to come to her. She went to Him to get what she needed.
According to Webster’s Dictionary, the word press means to push. What Webster doesn’t tell you is that this is not a one-time act. You have to keep pushing. You have to push until you get what you have been pushing for. The woman with the issue of blood was like a woman in labor. Most women don’t give birth after one push. They have to push, rest, and then push again, but they don’t give up (although they may want to).
This woman had to push through:
- People: What will the people say? What will they think?
- Fear: She shouldn’t have been in the crowd due to her condition. This could have led to some serious consequences, but she was tired of her situation.
- Disappointment: She had seen many physicians and no one had been able to help her.
- Sickness: She wasn’t feeling well, but she had to press beyond how she felt.
- Slothfulness/laziness: How bad do you want what you’re asking God for? You can’t move when you want to move. You have to move when God tells you to move or you will miss your provision and blessings.
The enemy doesn’t want you to have what God says that you can have in His word. God has already released what you have been praying for, but the enemy uses tactics to keep you from obtaining what God promised.
This woman teaches us that there are some things that won’t come to you – YOU must go and get it. You have to pray and keep praying. You have to obey God when you feel like it and when you don’t feel like it.
There will be a fight, but it will be a good fight. Yes, the pain is great, but the joy will be greater. The sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory, which shall be revealed in you.