Jesus said, “Someone touched me, for I perceive that power has gone out from me.” And when the woman saw that she was not hidden, she came trembling, and falling down before him declared in the presence of all the people why she had touched him, and how she had been immediately healed. And he said to her, “Daughter, your faith has made you well; go in peace.” Luke 8:46-48
Question: How would YOU feel if no one called you by name, but only by the health-condition with which you struggled?
Such is the case in the New Testament with the woman we refer to as "the woman with an issue of blood."
Matthew, Mark, and Luke all record this poor woman’s story.
It seems not one of them took the time to ask her if she had a name; however, they did take the time to talk about her faith.
I do believe I'd be ok with that....
In fact, if no one remembers my name, but they refer to me by my faith in Jesus once I'm gone...all the better! "That woman who believed..." What an honor!!!!
Our brokenness, when it leads us to Jesus, also unwraps for us the key to great faith. This woman’s desperation drove her to take a chance she wouldn’t have taken otherwise. As long as she had something to “try next,” she could continue to look elsewhere for an answer.
Being desperate just might be our biggest blessing.
Faith will always involve a risk.
We have to face our greatest fears and be willing to surrender them for the sake of greater gain. (BUT, take heart....Jesus ALWAYS HAS TIME FOR US!)
Jesus’ power is sufficient to break the chains of whatever holds us back from experiencing an abundant life.
We simply have to make the first move to reach out...and, then, His grace takes over.
Faith not only saves, but it brings healing to our hearts and draws us into God's family.
For someone no one wanted to be near, Jesus' use of the word “daughter” mended years of agony brought about by isolation.
AND, finally....faith we act on will always bring peace. Peace of heart, peace of mind, peace in life... It's a promise we can take to the bank! For someone who hadn't experienced peace in 12 years, or more, can you imagine what that felt like....
Did this woman deserve her healing? No; and, neither do we!