'And Jesus rose and began to follow him, and so did His disciples. And behold, a woman who had been suffering from a hemorrhage for twelve years, came up behind Him, and touched the fringe of His cloak; for she was saying to herself,
'If I only touch His garment, I shall be made well." But Jesus turning and seeing her said, "Daughter, be of good cheer, your faith has made you well." And at once the woman was made well. ' Matthew 9: 19-22
I thought I knew the point of this passage. It was the woman's faith that made her well. That is what Jesus said. He could have said, God healed you, or I just healed you, but He didn't. He said, your FAITH has made you well. The power of belief,
in the Savior. The power of trusting Him, not ourselves, our abilities, or our circumstances, just Him. And knowing that He is the only one who can make us whole, complete, at peace. Knowing that He is the only one who can make us well.
We are told in 1 John 5:4-5, that our faith is the victory that overcomes this world.
And who is the one that overcomes the world, but he who believes that Jesus is the Son of God, the Savior, Redeemer, the One, the only one who makes us well, as we journey here in this world, wrought with its challenges and trials. Some trials come out of the blue, so unexpected, knocking us off our feet for a while. Other trials brew like a developing storm. And we try to hang on and weather the imposing threat to our well being. One thing any type of trial does, is that it presents us with a challenge, a choice. Will we give in, admit defeat, wrap our hearts in worry, and fear until we allow Satan to rob us of our faith, and our joy? Or will we rise above, choosing to be victorious, in the midst of trials, by placing our trust, our complete trust in our Savior, Jesus Christ?
It's not faith, when you can see the way, when you can see the answers. It is faith when you can't figure any of it out, but you know just one thing. And that for me, is the real point of this passage. It was the one thing the woman with the hemorrhage knew, it was what she was saying to herself
IF I can just touch HIM, I will be well. I will overcome.
If I can just touch HIM.
And praise God, we can touch HIM. We touch Him, every time we study and meditate on His words. We touch Him every time, we bow our heads and hearts in honest, genuine, heartfelt prayer. We touch Him, when we pour ourselves out to Him, acknowledging Him as Lord, asking Him for help, and trusting Him with every aspect of our life.
What do you say to yourself when troubles come? What do any of us say when presented with those all consuming challenges and trials of life? I hope we all have the courage to think to ourselves, to believe as the woman in the passage did, " If I can just touch Him, I will be OK, I will be well". I will NOT let Satan rob me of my faith and joy. Because if we can think that, and believe that, then we can rest assured He will also say to us,
"Be of good cheer, your faith has made you well."
And at the end of any given day, isn't that what we all want, to be able to say
I am well. It is well with my soul, no matter what storms rage about me, it is well with my soul?
Only one way to be able to say that... touch the Savior, today and everyday.