Matthew 5:25-34 is about a woman with an issue of blood. Apparently this woman had suffered with this infirmity for 12 years. She had spent all of her money and had seen many physicians but was none the better. In fact she was getting worse.
How many people today fit into this senario with various problems and afflictions that come upon them? How many people have looked to physicians for hope and help but found themselves worse off? How many people have drained their finances trying to find answers and solutions to their needs?
However these circumstances are not the real issue in this passage. The real issue is what Christ said to this woman after He healed her. Notice in verse 34 that Christ didn't say go in joy or go in praise or go in comfort. For some reason Christ said to this woman, "....go in peace..." Why is that so important?
That statement is important because how many times are we treated for physical problems or afflictions and wonder if we are really cured. How many times do we solve various situations and wonder if the solutions are going to last? We are often skeptical and many times question whether or not the suffering is really over or the problems are really gone. We often question if we can trust what is being said to us as well.
It's one thing to be healed or solve an issue in life but quite another thing not to worry about it afterwards. No matter how much money we spend and no matter how many physicians we see there is still no guarantee that the problems will not return. Even the physicians themselves will usually give a percentage for success but no absolutes.
Christ was giving a guarantee to this woman that she didn't have to worry about the future in thinking her affliction would return. Her faith had made her whole and she could go in peace without questioning whether or not this problem would come back.
There's only one person who can give us that kind of assurance in life and His name is Jesus. For many there's a constant battle going on in trying to survive and live through their afflictions from day to day. Until such people turn to Christ and believe on Him there will always be uncertainity and lack of peace in knowing whether or not the solutions are going to work.
There's nothing wrong with taking medication or seeing doctors or having surgeries. The issue here is where we place our hope and confidence. Is it in the things that man can do or is it in the power of Christ and what He can do?
Christ can perform miracles but He also works his healings through doctors and medication. Our Lord wants to use people and work through people in ministering to various needs. Yet so many times we are not letting the Holy Spirit lead us and guide us to the right people. We are trusting in the wrong individuals and the wrong solutions by making decisions ourselves.
We need to look to Christ first and foremost so that He can tell us to "go in peace" as a result of being healed or as a result of seeing a physician. We need the assurance from Christ that we are doing the right thing so that peace of mind is ever present with us.
Are you able to go in peace today knowing that what you are doing is under the guidance of the Holy Spirit? Do you have peace of mind in following the will of the Lord? Are you worrying about the future and whether or not things will work out?
We have an opportunity to go in peace in our healings, in our treatments for afflictions, in our problems, in crisis situations and in whatever we face from day to day. However that peace will only come from Christ and totally trusting in Him.
Proverbs 3:5-6 says: "Trust in the Lord with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge Him and He shall direct they paths."
The directing of our paths allows us to "go in peace" no matter what we do or where we go (meaning all thy ways). Such guidance creates a confidence that all will be well in the hands of the Lord.