October 24, 2022

Reach out and touch Him

And He said to her, “Daughter, be of good cheer; your faith has made you well. Go in peace.” Luke 8:48

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 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 that 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.  Just imagine the surge of hope that began 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 clean again.  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.”

Take a look at the steps she took to get to Jesus.  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 believing and 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 was close enough and actually 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 Jesus’ response to her, He 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 that 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 were written about. 

Lastly, I want to consider how she was feeling.  We know she wasn’t feeling well.  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 that that kind of faith stance?  When we feel symptoms coming on where do we run? Is our first thought to press into Jesus for strength and healing or do we head to the medicine cabinet for a pill of relief? I completely understand this. When I am ill and in a weakened condition, I find it hard not to talk about how badly I am feeling instead of looking for a promise from God’s Word. It is just as easy for me to say: Psalms 103:3 says that He heals all my diseases, so Lord Jesus I ask you to heal the dis-ease in my body today, instead of saying: I feel miserable, my head is all messed up. My body hurts and I am in bad shape. The key is to remember Who your strength comes from.

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 that answer from Him with the faith His Word has given you!  Reach out and touch Him with your faith filled prayer and thank Him for the release of power into your life as you receive all the strength, healing and deliverance that He has for you!

Today’s scripture reading: Luke 8:40-48

40 So it was, when Jesus returned, that the multitude welcomed Him, for they were all waiting for Him. 

41 And behold, there came a man named Jairus, and he was a ruler of the synagogue. And he fell down at Jesus’ feet and begged Him to come to his house, 

42 for he had an only daughter about twelve years of age, and she was dying. But as He went, the multitudes thronged Him. 

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.”

Published by L. Lyden

Lynette is a recently published author and coordinator of Voices Magazine who endeavors to use her gifts and influence to encourage and promote aspiring writers. Her Daily Dose blog has been an outlet for her to encourage readers to walk closer to God each day. She is a wife, mother and grandmother who loves spending time and going on special outings with her family.

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