Fresh Hope – 18th July 2019

In the New Testament, there is the story of the woman who had a medical issue, which caused chronic loss of blood and how she received her healing.

Matthew 9:20-22 gives us the account, ‘Just then, a woman who had been subject to bleeding for twelve years came up behind him and touched the edge of his cloak. She said to herself, “If I only touch his cloak, I will be healed.” Jesus turned and saw her. “Take heart, daughter,” he said, “your faith has healed you.” And the woman was healed at that moment.’

There are some things that this woman’s healing can teach us…

One touch is all it takes – once she had touched Jesus, she was healed instantly. She had been on her journey for 12 long years, treated by medical experts. Many would have given up but her healing shows us that it is never too late to reach out to Jesus. Where man fails, God’s glory can be shown.

God sees it all– as weak and feeble as her touch may have been, Jesus knew immediately that someone had touched His garment. We may feel sometimes as though we have no strength to put behind our prayers, but no matter how weak we feel, God’s power can touch us all the same.

Romans 8:26 says ‘In the same way, the Spirit helps us in our weakness. We do not know what we ought to pray for, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us through wordless groans.’

She received her whole miracle – we serve a God who doesn’t do half-measures. The scripture tells us that she was ‘freed from her suffering’. God’s promises are ‘yes’ and ‘amen’. She didn’t just feel a little bit better, she was completely free. Such is the nature of God.

Don’t give up. It only takes one step towards God to get his attention and one touch from Him can restore you fully.

Melissa Reynolds-Lawrence

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