Woman Healed. It was certainly a remarkable time! Jesus walked on earth, and though the religious leaders of the day rejected Him, the common people had no such difficulty.
20 And, behold, a
woman, which was diseased with an issue of blood twelve years, came
behind him, and touched the hem of his garment:
21 For she said within herself, If I may but touch his garment, I shall be whole.
22 But Jesus turned him about, and when he saw her, he said, Daughter, be of good comfort; thy faith hath made thee whole. And the woman was made whole
Matthew 9:20-22, KJV
See Also Mark 5:25-34 and Luke 8:43-48
Our passage today from Matthew 9, tells of the incident involving a woman healed from an issue of blood which she had had for twelve years. Seeing Jesus, she came up behind Him and touched the hem of His garment.
We are told that she thought within herself, "If I may but touch his garment, I shall be whole."
Having no doubt, she did touch the hem of His garment and was, indeed, made whole. Immediately, Jesus knew what happened, and said to her, "Daughter, be of good comfort; thy faith hath made thee whole."
What measure of faith do we, as children of God, have? Would we, like this woman, have been confident that to just touch the hem of His garment was all that was needed? How confidently do we face the daily circumstances of life? Do we walk about in fear that evil times will fall upon us, or do we rest confidently in the guiding and supporting hand of the Lord Jesus Christ?
These are important questions for us to consider. As believers, faith and trust are virtues that should be commonplace in our lives. Even in the difficulties of life, we should rest in God's kind and supporting hand, knowing that even in the hard times, He is working great peace and joy into our hearts and lives.
Interestingly enough, it is our very knowledge and understanding of the things of this world that often get in our way. We tend to trust so completely in the knowledge of mankind, that we often forget that God, who established all of the laws of nature, is not bound by those same laws as we are! Just has Jesus healed this woman, so can God reach down and still the angry waves of misfortune that may fall upon us.
Can God work miracles among the sick today? Yes! It is not wrong, when sick, to pray for God's healing mercies upon us. Of course, we understand that He often does not extend those healing mercies. Why is that? We rest confidently in Him knowing that all things that come into our lives work together for good, as we are reminded in Romans 8.
28 And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose. Romans 8:28, KJV
Is this just a mere platitude that we offer up when we do not understand why we are suddenly thrust into the middle of some great difficulty? No! It is truly with confidence and joy that we, as children of God, understand that He does, indeed, guide and support us. By His loving hand of grace, He walks with us all of the days of our life on this earth, and will also hold our hand when we are ushered into the eternal gates of heaven to live with Him forever!
As we consider the story of this woman healed from her issue of blood, we must say, "Now that is truly faith of faith!"