Faith; June 4, 2018

Mark 5:27-29 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.

Here we have the record of the faith that Jesus praised in verse 34. Like the Roman Centurion (Matthew 8:5-10) she was convinced of Jesus’ power and authority, and she acted on that conviction. Too often we say we believe, but then don’t act like we believe. I’m reminded of a story that happened in the American West. It was a farming area, and they were in deep trouble from a prolonged drought. A meeting was called at a local church to pray for rain, and many farmers and their families gathered. However, only one little girl took her umbrella! When the drought did indeed break, the pastor rightly said that it was because of the faith of that little girl. Sometimes faith seems to fly in the face of common sense. God doesn’t want us to throw our minds out the window, but He does want us to realize that He is above and greater than “the natural order” that we perceive around us. That’s what miracles are all about. We can’t dictate to God how He’s going to do anything, but we can trust that since He loves us enough to send His Son to die for us, (John 3:16) and nothing is too difficult for Him, (Jeremiah 32:27) He’s got something really good in mind for us. It’s amazing sometimes how much trouble we have grasping that simple, basic truth. This woman had not been passive but had done all she knew to deal with her situation, but when that didn’t do the job, she realized that Jesus could do it, and the rest is history, recorded for our instruction.

I teach others about faith and encourage them to trust God, but I don’t always act in faith myself. I’m grateful to say that my faith has indeed grown over the years, as God has shown Himself faithful more times and in more ways than I could count. However, I’m not completely free from anxiety. Future events aren’t so hard for me to entrust to God, but when things happen like a Microsoft update completely messing up my computer system, I am still prone to “lose it,” at least for a little while. Life would be easier, both for me and for Cathy, if I didn’t do that! I am quick to notice what seems like paranoia in others, but my own level of trust isn’t what it could be. I need to be like the “weaned child” David spoke of. (Psalm 131:2) That is the path of fullest peace and joy.

Father, thank You for giving me every reason to trust You totally. Help me follow through and do it! Help me indeed encourage those around me to trust You as well, not berating them for their lack of faith but speaking the truth to them in love, so that the deep-rooted lies of the devil may be dug out completely, leaving rich soil for an abundant harvest in Your kingdom, for Your glory. Thank You. Praise God!

About jgarrott

Born and raised in Japan of missionary parents. Have been here as an adult missionary since 1981.
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