25 And a woman was there who had been subject to bleeding for twelve years. She had suffered a great deal under the care of many doctors and had spent all she had, yet instead of getting better she grew worse. When she heard about Jesus, she came up behind him in the crowd and touched his cloak, because she thought, “If I just touch his clothes, I will be healed.” Immediately her bleeding stopped and she felt in her body that she was freed from her suffering. At once Jesus realized that power had gone out from him. He turned around in the crowd and asked, “Who touched my clothes?”
31 “You see the people crowding against you,” his disciples answered, “and yet you can ask, ‘Who touched me?’ ” But Jesus kept looking around to see who had done it. Then the woman, knowing what had happened to her, came and fell at his feet and, trembling with fear, told him the whole truth. He said to her, “Daughter, your faith has healed you. Go in peace and be freed from your suffering. Mark 5:25-34
There is much to learn from the story of the woman who suffered with bleeding for ten years. She had been to many doctors and had probably done all she was told to do, but at the end of it all, she still suffered. For some reason, she came to believe that if she could just touch Jesus’ clothes, she would be healed, so she positioned herself until she was close enough to touch Him.
That woman pushed through and when she touched Him, her life was changed forever. Her faith-filled move leaves us with some lessons that we can use to help us in our walk with Christ:
- The minute she came in contact with Jesus, He knew it. He felt her touch. He could easily have called her by name, but He allowed her to come forward and tell him ‘the whole truth’. Jesus knows when we come to Him. He is waiting to heal and make new. Our prayers do not go in vain. He already knows the details of our stories, yet instead of calling us out and exposing our shame, He allows us to come forward and tell him the whole truth. Is there something He needs to hear today?
- When you try to push through, those around may push back at you. Press through anyway! Chances are this woman was not the only one trying to get through to Jesus. Chances are, the crowd did not part like the Red Sea to allow her a clear path to Him. Sometimes we have to push beyond the doubt and fear and nervousness and everything else that seems to stand in our way. Jesus is waiting for us to come to Him. We only lose out on our blessings when we decide to give up.
- When you move in sincerity and make Him your focus, Jesus will respond. Jesus was in a crowd. His disciples did not understand how He could be in a crowd and wonder how someone touched Him, but to Jesus, this touch was different. He knew this was no random happening, but that someone with a great and pressing need had fulfilled her desire. When we step out and seek Him with all our hearts, we may find that He responds in ways we never expected.
- If Jesus says you are whole, you are whole indeed. This woman needed healing and she went to find the Healer. In her case, Jesus did not write in the ground, or make a mud paste, or tell her to go dip in the Jordan river. He simply told her to go, since her faith had made her whole. Sometimes all we need to do is believe and walk in faith believing what He has spoken over our lives.
- When you come in contact with Jesus, your life changes. The problem this woman carried for ten years was over and done with in a heartbeat. Had she hesitated or walked away, her healing may have been delayed. Why should we walk around with problems when He invites us throw our cares on Him?
What is the crowd that is standing between you and your miracle? The One who healed the suffering woman is available to heal, fix, restore and make new. Will you allow the crowd keep you away?
Personal Application: Sometimes life comes with issues I didn’t plan for, but I choose to believe that “You are my hiding place; you will protect me from trouble and surround me with songs of deliverance” Psalm 32:7
Father, how wonderful to know that You are our Healer, our Provider, our Banner, our Shield, and so much more! You told Moses that You are the ‘I AM’, and today we are thankful that we serve a God who is able to meet us at the point of our needs.
Like the woman in the Scriptures, we struggle with getting close to You when our circumstances seem to overwhelm us. We realize the crowd can block our view of You, so help us to keep our eyes focused on You and to press in until we touch You.
You are never so far away that You cannot hear and answer. Help us to honestly and openly ‘tell You the whole truth’ as we seek Your guidance and Your healing. Others witnessed the miracle that day. May the changes You bring about in our lives cause others to press through for their victories as well.
You are the same yesterday, today and forever. What You did then, You are able to do again. For this we are truly thankful.
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What is the crowd that is standing between you and your miracle?