"May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, so that by the power of the Holy Spirit you may abound in hope" (Romans 15:13).
“For she said, ‘If I touch even His garments, I will be made well’” (Mark 5:28).
Of all the inspiring stories in the Bible about faith and healing, Jesus healing the woman who bled for 12 years is one of the most beautiful. This woman spent everything she had on physicians and remedies, but instead of getting better, she only got worse. Defeated and desperate, she heard Jesus was coming into town. She believed Him to be the Messiah of the Malachi 4:2 prophecy: “But to you who fear My name, The Sun of Righteousness shall arise with healing in His wings.” The reference to “wings” at that time, was likened to “borders” or “hems.” The woman knew she would be healed if she got close enough to touch the hem of His robe. In pursuit of Jesus, she fought the crowds surrounding Him with determination and faith to receive her miracle. She touched the hem of His robe from behind, and her bleeding immediately stopped!
“‘Who touched me?’ Jesus asked.
Everyone denied it, and Peter said, ‘Master, this whole crowd is pressing up against you.’
But Jesus said, ‘Someone deliberately touched me, for I felt healing power go out from Me.’ When the woman realized that she could not stay hidden, she began to tremble and fell to her knees in front of Him. The whole crowd heard her explain why she had touched Him and that she had been immediately healed. ‘Daughter,’ He said to her, ‘your faith has made you well. Go in peace’” (Luke 8:45-48).
Though she battled with her ailment for over a decade, the woman didn’t give up hope. It took many years for her to receive answered prayer, but her relationship with God never faltered and her faith in Him set her free.
Call to Action: Jesus not only healed the woman physically, but He healed her broken spirit. Keep praying and believing God over your situation and don’t lose hope!
“For nothing will be impossible with God” (Luke 1:37).
“So that your faith might not rest in the wisdom of men but in the power of God” (1 Corinthians 2:5).
“The apostles said to the Lord, ‘Show us how to increase our faith’” (Luke 17:5).
Prayer: Father God, thank You for Your enduring love for us! Help us to have faith through every life circumstance, keeping our hope in You. Give us strength to get through every day. In Your name, we pray, Amen!
Final Thought: The strongest faith often grows from the deepest pain.
The Strongest Faith in the Deepest Pain
“Above all, keep loving one another earnestly, since love covers a multitude of sins” (1 Peter 4:8).
“The righteous cry, and the Lord hears, and delivers them out of all their troubles. The Lord is near to them that are of a broken heart; and saves such as be of a contrite spirit. Many are the afflictions of the righteous: but the Lord delivers him out of them all” (Psalm 34:17-19).
"Blessed are the pure in heart, for they will see God" (Matthew 5:8).
“But those who trust in the LORD will find new strength. They will soar high on wings like eagles. They will run and not grow weary. They will walk and not faint” (Isaiah 40:31).
“The Lord bless you and keep you; the Lord make his face shine on you and be gracious to you, the Lord turn his face toward you and give you peace” (Numbers 6:24- 26).
“Now may the Lord of peace Himself give you peace at all times in every way. The Lord be with you all” (2 Thessalonians 3:16).
“To everything there is a season, a time for every purpose under heaven” (Ecclesiastes 3:1).
“God will let you laugh again; you’ll raise the roof with shouts of joy” (Job 8:20).
“But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes upon you. And you will be my witnesses, telling people about me everywhere—in Jerusalem, throughout Judea, in Samaria, and to the ends of the earth” (Acts 1:8).