Press into God
“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.” Mark 5:27-28
I can’t even imagine what this woman must have been going through. She was sick! Sick for twelve years. The passage says she suffered through many “medical” treatments from many physicians. In that day, you can pretty much be sure the “treatments” were barbaric. Not only that, she had given everything she had for the chance to be made well and only grew worse in her condition. After twelve years, it would seem like there was no hope for her to ever be well. On top of everything, she was considered unclean, and the law prohibited her to live among healthy people. She was considered contagious. I am confident that a surge of hope began to grow in her when she heard about Jesus. Maybe there was a chance she could be healed like others she had heard about. However, she didn’t think “maybe”. The scripture says she believed it so much that she kept saying, “if I can get to Him and touch Him, I know I will be made well.” She was convinced that touching just the hem of Jesus’ clothes would be all it took to make her cleansed. The reason was because she kept saying it until she believed it. She repeated over and over, “If only I may touch His clothes, I shall be made well.” What is really amazing to me is that she never asked if it was God’s will for her to be well. She somehow knew that what she was going through was evil and if she could get to Jesus, she would reach the goodness of God.
Let’s take a look at what she did. First of all, she came up behind Him in a crowd of people, thinking she could just sneak her healing from Him, without Him even knowing. (Not very likely) She took her faith stand by repeating to herself, “I only have to touch His clothes.” She didn’t even want Him to know she was there. However, as soon as she did touch Him, He felt that healing power leave Him. What? This is unbelievable. How could Jesus unintentionally heal someone? Then to make it even more unbelievable, there were many people touching Him at that exact moment. The disciples said the crowd was thronging/pressing Him. Why didn’t any of the others get that release of power?
The answer is in vs. 34. Jesus said, “Daughter, your faith has made you well. Go in peace and be healed of your affliction.” Jesus told her that she did it. It was her faith that drew the healing power out of Jesus. We know that faith comes by hearing and apparently, she heard about Jesus healing others, then she heard herself say, “I can just touch His clothes and be healed.” Nobody else ever did that, at least not that had been written about.
Lastly, I want to consider how she was feeling. We know she wasn’t feeling good. She was sick and for sure she was weak and drained of energy because of her blood issue. Yet she pushed through it all to get to where Jesus was. She believed so much that if she could get to where Jesus was, she would be better. Therefore, nothing could hold her back. In all likelihood, she was crawling on the ground to get to Jesus. How many of us today are willing to take on that kind of faith? I know when we are not feeling well we do not always have the energy to get up and press into Him, but if we can push through to get to Him, our healing is on the other side of the press.
Today I want to encourage you to press into God with faith in the area where you need an answer to prayer. Say in your heart and out loud the promise that He has given you about that situation. Keep saying that scripture or “word” you have from Him about your struggle and draw His power from Him with the faith His Word has given you!
Today’s scripture reading: Mark 5:25-34
25 Now a certain woman had a flow of blood for twelve years,
26 and had suffered many things from many physicians. She had spent all that she had and was no better, but rather grew worse.
27 When she heard about Jesus, she came behind Him in the crowd and touched His garment.
28 For she said, “If only I may touch His clothes, I shall be made well.”
29 Immediately the fountain of her blood was dried up, and she felt in her body that she was healed of the affliction.
30 And Jesus, immediately knowing in Himself that power had gone out of Him, turned around in the crowd and said, “Who touched My clothes?”
31 But His disciples said to Him, “You see the multitude thronging You, and You say, ‘Who touched Me?’ ”
32 And He looked around to see her who had done this thing.
33 But the woman, fearing and trembling, knowing what had happened to her, came and fell down before Him and told Him the whole truth.
34 And He said to her, “Daughter, your faith has made you well. Go in peace, and be healed of your affliction.”