Your Faith Has Made You Well
The subject title of today’s blog entry comes from a statement Jesus made to a woman with an issue of blood. The story is found in Mark 5:25-34. Writing from the New King James Version of the bible, “Now a certain woman had a flow of blood for twelve years, and suffered many things from many physicians. She had spent all that she had and was no better, but rather grew worse. When she heard about Jesus, she came behind Him in the crowd and touched His garment. For she said, “If only I may touch His clothes, I shall be made well.” Immediately the fountain of her flow of blood was dried up and she felt in her body that she was healed of the affliction. And Jesus, immediately knowing in Himself that power had gone out of Him, turned around in the crowd and said, “Who touched my clothes?” But His disciples said to Him, “You see the multitude thronging you, and you say, “Who touched me?” And He looked around to see her who had done this thing. But the woman, fearing and trembling, knowing what had happened to her, came and fell down before Him and told Him the whole truth. And He said to her, Daughter, your faith has made you well. Go in peace, and be healed of your affliction.”
There are so many worthy things in this story that could be written about, but to keep my entry to around a thousand words, a lot will have to be left out. First, let us focus on her flow of blood that was called an ‘affliction’. Her ‘affliction’ was affecting her in a way that it was limiting her ability to maintain a normal lifestyle. Her ‘affliction’ had also caused her to spend all of her money with the physicians trying to stop her flow of blood. Now, the question is; “Who was causing her ‘affliction’? Was it from God or Satan? Common sense tells us it wasn’t put on her by God, or Jesus, the Son of God, would not have removed it. Does that make sense? God is a good God; and if He gives something to us, it would be a good thing, something that would improve our life, so if He gives us a good thing to improve our life, why would He remove that good thing from us? Would this lady’s affliction that had caused her to spend all of her money on physicians and prevented her from living a normal life be considered a good thing? I don’t think so. Jesus tells us in John 10:10, “The thief (Satan) comes to steal, kill, and to destroy, but I am come that you may have life, and life more aboundantly.” What Jesus does for us in this scripture is to clear up who is responsible for what is going on in the world. If something steals, kills, or destroys, it is an evil thing, and it does not come from God, but from Satan whose mission is to afflict mankind with hardship. Why? His hope is we will get beat down to the point there is no fight left in us and we start blaming God for our troubles.
This story also tells us the ability of man to solve our problems is limited at best. The physicians she went to see couldn’t help her, and her condition had grown worse. However, the story indicates, she wasn’t a person who gave up easily. She was a fighter. And when she heard Jesus was close by, she went looking for Him believing that if she could just get close enough to Him to touch His clothing, she would be healed. This is the kind of faith it takes for a person to touch the heart of God. There were a lot of people touching Jesus that day when this lady touched Him, but they were touching Him for different reasons. Maybe they had needs they wanted Him to meet, maybe not, but the touch of this lady was different. Her touch was faith filled, her words were faith filled, her heart was filled with faith, and when her hand made contact with the clothing of Jesus, He felt, “Power go out of Him.” The power that left Him did something in her. It immediately drove out the ‘affliction’ that had troubled her for twelve long years. Isn’t this the kind of power we are looking to come in contact with in our own life to remove our afflictions? If not, it should be. We may not have a flow of blood that will not stop running, but we are all being afflicted in some way. And we would be wise to do what this lady did. When she ‘heard about Jesus’, and the fact that He was working miracles among the people, she knew where she was going to get her needs met. This was her chance, and Jesus was her hope. She was not going to let this opportunity pass her by.
The physicians hadn’t met her needs, she was still bleeding, she was broke, and she was considered unclean by Jewish Law, everything seemed to be against her. Have you ever, or are you now, in a similar situation? This lady despite her condition and inspite of what was written in the law, made the decision that none of these things were going to keep her from getting her needs met. She had suffered all she intended to suffer and when she found the One who could help her, she told herself, “This is the One who can help me.” (My paraphrase) The way her words are worded in this story, it leads me to believe she repeated these same words over and over again to herself, encouraging herself so she could carry on. King David encouraged himself many times, and we should to. Notice, she didn’t wait for Jesus to come to her. She went and found Him, then fought, pushed, and shoved her way through the crowd until she was close enough to reach out and touch Him, and because she did, God met her needs. Have you notice this lady initiated all these different actions? Our relationship with the Lord is a partnership, a committed relationship, but conditional. Meaning we have a part to play, and He has a part to play. This lady understood if she wanted her miracle, she would have to go to Him. She didn’t set at home hoping He would come knocking on her door like so many of us do. She did what she had to do to get her healing, and this story is in the bible to tell us the results of her determination. That is also why Jesus tells us time and time again in scripture, “Do this, and I will do that.” That’s how we get our needs met. This lady said with her mouth what she expected to happen, she went in search of Jesus, she fought the crowd, she touched, and when she had did all she could do, Jesus responded to her faith, and she received her healing. Dear Friends, if you aren’t getting your needs met, maybe you need to look at what you’re not doing that’s preventing your miracle from taking place. When you meet the requirments God has set forth like this lady did in this story, you will receive your miracle just like this unnamed lady in the book of Mark received hers.
* Comments are welcome. However, opposing viewpoints that lack scriptural support will not be approved for viewing. DThrash