KEY THOT: The woman with a flow of blood believed that if she could touch Jesus, she would be healed. She took the initiative to touch Jesus and she was healed. Jesus commended her for her faith: “your faith has made you well, go in peace and be healed of your disease.” Healing of the body, not just the healing of our spirit and soul, is a manifestation of divine grace. And divine grace is accessed through faith: “For by grace you have been saved (salvaged) through faith.”
When we approach God with faith, we receive His grace (power) in the midst of our weaknesses. We may experience weaknesses of our spirit, soul or body, but God’s grace is His power to overcome our weaknesses: “But he said to me, 'My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.' Therefore I will boast all the more gladly of my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may rest upon me” (2 Cor 12:9). Our weaknesses are not to be our excuses for not doing something, but rather opportunities for God’s grace to be demonstrated in and through our faith. Faith is the key to transform human weakness into divine witness.
When I approach every problem I face with an attitude of faith (God can do it), my problem becomes an opportunity for praise to God for God’s grace is his response to my faith. When I have faith in God, His grace turns my weakness into His witness and my problem into His praise.
I should have the attitude of Jairus and the woman with a flow of blood: “Come and lay your hands on her, so that she may be made well and live” (v.23) and "If I touch even his garments, I will be made well" (v.28). James tells me that if I were to receive what I ask of God, I must not be double-minded: “But let him ask in faith, with no doubting, for the one who doubts is like a wave of the sea that is driven and tossed by the wind. For that person must not suppose that he will receive anything from the Lord; he is a double-minded man, unstable in all his ways” (James 1:6-8). So I must approach God in faith because “without faith, it is impossible to please Him” (Heb. 11:6). I have no choice about putting on faith if I want my life to please God.
Father, I thank You that You always respond to our faith with Your grace, which is Your power to heal our diseases, to overcome our weaknesses. Grant me greater faith to believe. Amen.