By George W. Flattery
Today's Scripture: Luke 8:40-48
Central Thought: Reaching out and touching Jesus is a key to healing.
Have you ever wondered how everyone else can seem to be so happy and full of joy when your life is so miserable? Others are excited about being healed, blessed, and used of God. They are bringing people to Christ, prospering, and growing in God. You feel that you are being passed by and wonder why you are missing out.
Jesus was with His disciples in a crowd so large that the people almost crushed Him. A woman who had been sick for twelve years came up behind Him and touched the edge of his cloak. She was healed immediately. When Jesus asked who had touched Him, Peter said, 'Master, the people are crowding and pressing against you” (verse 45, NIV). In other words, 'What do you mean who touched you? You're in a crowd!”
Jesus said, 'Someone touched me; I know that power has gone out from me.” The woman, seeing she couldn't go unnoticed, came trembling and fell at his feet. Before all the people, she told why she had touched him and how she had been instantly healed. Jesus said, 'Daughter, your faith has healed you. Go in peace” (verses 46-47).
The woman was healed because of her faith. She was healed because she reached out and touched the edge of his cloak in faith. The word 'touched” can actually be translated 'to fasten oneself to.” It connotes getting a 'death grip” on something. It implies grabbing hold without the intention of ever letting go!
God always meets us at our level of faith. No matter how lonely, depressed, discouraged, and down you may feel, take a step of faith and reach out to Jesus. Sometimes we miss what God has for us because we are not reaching out. Jesus is looking for those who will touch Him. Reach out to Jesus. And don't let go!
Devotional Prayer: Father, I need Your healing touch today. I am determined to reach out to You and not let go. I believe in what You can do in my life.
Today's Bible Reading: Deuteronomy 13:1-15:23; Luke 8:40-9:6; Psalms 71:1-24; Proverbs 12:5-7