Your faith has healed you
“She said to herself, “If I only touch his cloak, I will be healed.” Jesus turned and saw her. “Take heart, daughter,” he said, “your faith has healed you.” And the woman was healed at that moment.” Matthew 9:21-22
Sometimes we need just one touch. One touch.
In the past few weeks, I have been reading and studying some of the different valleys in the bible. Many of these valleys surround the battles of the Israelites, their wins and disappointments.
We serve a God who is in control of the valleys and the mountains in our life. Consequently, sometimes when we are sick, we mistakenly think it is a time of storms and valleys.
But, it could be a time for our mountains.
It is all about our perspective. Are we going to use our illness as a crutch and permission to be angry with God, angry about our life, despair over our situation, or do we look for what is good about our situation?
Do we look for the good and the possibilities?
Amongst the crowds, the scorn, and the craziness of her situation, the woman with the issue of blood did not fall into despair. She heard about Jesus and had the faith to be healed.
I can just imagine the struggles she had for years trying to find someone who could heal her. To illustrate, women were secluded from others during their monthly cycle. To continually have this issue for years meant that she would have lived a very lonely lifestyle.
How she would have faced such pain. Hearing of Jesus’ miracles must have been such a balm and ray of hope. Maybe, just maybe, if I just touch the edge of His cloak away from prying eyes, I could be healed. Her actions showed that she didn’t give up. She wanted to believe and have faith. And for her faith, she was rewarded. In her prayers and dreams, I am sure she never envisioned that Jesus would stop for her and approach her.
Food for thought: Do you need healing? Not every sickness can be seen on the outside? Maybe it is a healing of the heart. Pray and seek for one touch from God. Finally, if God is silent, then dig deeper. Don’t give up and cry out to God. Get on God’s nerves!
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Prayer: Holy God, many of us need just one touch from you. By the blood of the Lamb, we pray for healing. In Jesus name. Amen
May God of love, mercy and grace be with you.