Benefits of Faith

“Suddenly a woman who had been suffering from hemorrhages for twelve years came up behind Him and touched the fringe of His cloak . . . Jesus turned, and seeing her He said, ‘Take heart daughter; your faith has made you well.’ And instantly the woman was made well” (Mt. 9:20, 22)

Instant gratification does not come as easily as we would like to believe, but, in the case of this suffering woman, she found her instant gratification in Jesus. With swarming crowds, she had to wrestle and elbow her way to the front, eventually crawling on hands and knees in order to reach the Lord Jesus.

There is beauty and promise in this image, as well as a world of truth. The only way that we can acceptably approach Jesus is in humility. If we come swaggering up to God like a peacock, we’ll come away smelling like a skunk. He does not accept the proud of heart, but the lowly, and those who know they need Him.

But to notice that someone touched the fringe of His cloak, Jesus had to be very perceptive. In fact, Jesus perceived three more things when He turned and looked at the woman.

1) Jesus saw her pain. The woman had been suffering, and Jesus could see that. He also sees our pain. We are not alone in our suffering.

2) Jesus saw her need. Not only was Jesus able to ascertain that the woman was in pain, but He knew the remedy to make her better. When Jesus first gazes upon us, He doesn’t see a problem, but our potential.

3) Jesus saw her faith. Indeed it was the woman’s faith that made her well, as it is with us.

Without faith, it is impossible to please God. But with faith, He makes the impossible, possible. It is faith that heals us, faith that binds us, and faith that frees us to fully enjoy the love and richness of God.

Amen!

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