Devotional: ‘Reaching Out in Faith’

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Luke 8:43 Now a woman, having a flow of blood for twelve years, who had spent all her livelihood on physicians and could not be healed by any, 44 came from behind and touched the border of His garment. And immediately her flow of blood stopped. 45 And Jesus said, “Who touched Me?” When all denied it, Peter and those with him said, “Master, the multitudes throng and press You, and You say, ‘Who touched Me?’ ” 46 But Jesus said, “Somebody touched Me, for I perceived power going out from Me.” 47 Now when the woman saw that she was not hidden, she came trembling; and falling down before Him, she declared to Him in the presence of all the people the reason she had touched Him and how she was healed immediately. 48 And He said to her, “Daughter, be of good cheer; your faith has made you well. Go in peace.”

Hundreds of people were touching Jesus that day, but only one person touched Him in such a way that it caused a miracle. Immediately after the woman touched Him, Jesus asked, “Who touched Me?” Peter could not understand Jesus asking this question because a multitude of people were touching Him. But Jesus recognized that something special had just happened. “Somebody touched Me, for I perceived power going out from Me.” Jesus felt healing power go out of Him when the woman touched Him. What was it about her touch that made it so different?

According to Jesus, it was her faith in Him that made her touch special. Our passage tells us that she had suffered from a physical ailment for twelve years and no one had been able to help her. If so, then no doubt she had about given up all hope of ever being made well. But when she heard that the miracle man from Galilee was passing by, she believed that if she could but touch the fringe of His robe, she would be made well. And so, by faith, she reached out to touch Him and immediately her illness was cured.

As I read this story, I wonder what it was about her faith that caused a miracle to happen.

  • WAS IT BECAUSE SHE BELIEVED THAT JESUS ‘COULD’ HEAL HER? No doubt she had heard about Jesus’ many miracles and therefore she believed that He possessed the power to do what no one else could do. She believed that Jesus could do the impossible.
  • WAS IT BECAUSE SHE BELIEVED THAT JESUS ‘WOULD’ HEAL HER? Notice that she did not say, “If only I may touch His garment, I might be made well.” She said, “If only I may touch His garment, I shall be made well.” She not only believed in the power of Jesus that could help her, but also in His mercy and grace that He would help her.
  • OR WAS IT BECAUSE SHE HAD NO ONE ELSE TO TURN TO OTHER THAN TO JESUS? The Bible says that she had gone to every possible person and depleted all of her resources and still failed to be healed. Jesus was her last hope. He was her only hope. Her faith in the goodness and greatness of Jesus was all that she had and as the story teaches us, it was all that she needed. Jesus said to her, “…your faith has made you well. Go in peace.”

I leave you today with these words from an old song –

I must tell Jesus all of my trials,
I cannot bear these burdens alone;
In my distress He kindly will help me,
He ever loves and cares for His own.

I must tell Jesus! I must tell Jesus!
I cannot bear my burdens alone;
I must tell Jesus! I must tell Jesus!
Jesus can help me, Jesus alone.
(Elisha Hoffman, 1893)

God bless you brethren.

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