Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Who Touched Me?

He said to her, “Daughter, your faith has healed you. Go in peace and be freed from your suffering.” Mark 5:34

As I’ve climbed the ascent to rebuild my faith after losing Andrew and dealing with Peter’s decline, there are certain issues that confuse me more than others. Understanding God’s heart on healing is one of my biggest struggles due to seeming inconsistencies in his actions. Thankfully, the story of the bleeding woman in Mark 5 gave me insight towards God’s heart on matter.

In Mark 5, Jesus was on his way to Jairus’s house to heal his sick daughter. Pressed by crowds along the way, Jesus suddenly stopped and asked who touched him. Unbeknownst to the crowds, in their midst was a woman who’d been bleeding for 12 years. She’d exhausted her funds on medical help to no avail. She was considered unclean and therefore was a social outcast, allowed no meaningful interaction with people. When she had heard Jesus was near, desperate, she broke the rules knowing if she could just touch the hem of his robe she would be healed. Her belief proved true. When Jesus refused to continue his journey without knowing who touched him, she bowed low before him and confessed what she had done. Jesus’ reply, as stated above, was to call her Daughter.

As I read this familiar story, something new jumped out at me this time. If the physical healing was all that mattered, why did Jesus bother to stop? What was he really after? I realized Jesus stopped because more important than her physical healing was her spiritual one, the need to restore relationship. He wanted her. He knew the physical healing would not last eternally – everyone goes through a physical death at some point. But a spiritual healing would. Her physical healing was merely a stepping stone to a more meaningful spiritual one. After 12 years of being unclean and kept from meaningful relationship, now she was a Daughter! Her faith in Christ had brought her into eternal relationship, an eternal end to her suffering of being apart from God. Jesus’ words did include her physical healing, but they were not limited to that.

As I applied this insight to other healings in the bible I discovered the same pattern. Jesus was always about establishing and restoring relationship with people. The goal of a physical healing was actually a spiritual one.

I still don’t understand why God doesn’t heal everyone today. But I do know that any physical healing is temporary at best; and more important than any physical healing is a spiritual one. Andrew and Peter both committed their lives to him. Any physical healing, in the long run, wouldn't. They have reached out to him, like the woman in the story, and so are eternally healed- physically and spiritually. Won’t you reach out to him, and be freed from your suffering, as well?

The ideas in this devotional were developed and published March 2009 in Today’s Christian Woman.

2 comments:

  1. I needed this today. It is so much more about the personal relationship. As a Mom of a special needs child, I have been more focused on healing and salvation for My Child. I know her relationship is intact. In essence it is through her that I have come to know the Lord. And yet, I realize that MY relationship with the Lord has been more about my daughter (a deagree of separation) than about my personal 1-1 relationship as His child too.

    Thanks for reinforcing that through this message!

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  2. Some catalysts are more consuming to be sure. Praying God keeps showing you His great love for you and drawing you more and more to Himself, through your daughter and EVERY other aspect of your life as well! Hugs!!

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