The Hope from a Hem
Luke 8:43-44 (NIV): And a woman was there who had been subject to bleeding for twelve years, but no one could heal her. She came up behind him and touched the edge of his cloak, and immediately her bleeding stopped.”
Are you at the end of your resources? Do your problems seem beyond solutions? There
is a person who knows how you feel. The bleeding that has plagued her for 12 years has left her weak and exhausted. This causes her to be an outcast to her family and place of worship. Each trip to doctors who have no answers fills her heart with hope, but empties her wallet. Now, she is propelled forward by miraculous reports of the blind seeing, the lame walking, and the deaf hearing. A spark rises within her as she braves the crowds following Jesus. At the risk of making this man unclean, she quickly touches the hem of his robe, believing she will be healed.
Her touch of the garment of God is the act of faith that Jesus recognized. Jesus rewarded her risk, and acknowledged her faith with complete healing. She could now return to her family and place of worship with the assurance that she was truly clean. A step of faith always changes us and brings us closer to God.
You can come boldly at your hour of need.
Expect what you are seeking.
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Pastor Matt Huff leads Portland Central Nazarene Church. He loves being in ministry and seeing lives transformed by the power of Christ.