You must believe in Christ
Mark 5: 25-34 talks about a woman who was truly unusual, like many of us. She was determined to find a cure for her aliment. Although it had been 12 years, she had not stopped trying. She went to many doctors and suffered a lot as a result of the treatment she received. She spent everything she had on those treatments and visits to the doctor. Nothing permanently stopped her issue.
It is hard to find someone of such determination. Most people after all that would just accept the condition and say it is incurable. She didn’t have the pain medicine like we have today, but she was still determined she was going to be healed.
Her persistence indicates she was an unusual person. She was open to hope after 12 long years of failure. After experiencing failure time after time, it’s very easy to give up.
She was not a pessimist, with no desire. She heard about Jesus’ miracles and was impressed by the reports and decided to give him a try. I’m sure she heard this plenty of times before when she spent all her money because “this was the doctor with the cure.” She went on what she heard and decided to find Jesus.
This was not an easy thing to do, since Jesus moved from place to place. She had no money, but she had hope. She knew there was a multitude waiting for him, but she was still determined.
She was unusual because she was bold. She was confident that if she touched Jesus she would be OK. She believed a touch would work, not a treatment. She didn’t say negative things, but she stayed positive and hopeful that like so many others, when she touched the savior she would also be made whole.
She used her faith to touch Jesus. As a result, she was healed instantly. She felt the healing take place in her body when she touched him.
Jesus also felt that someone had touched him. He asked who touched him. The woman had no choice but to tell the truth. Jesus’ response was, “Go in peace; your faith has healed you.”
Those were the most comforting words the woman had heard in a long time. She wanted help, she expected help and she received help.
The physical act of touching Jesus was the same for everyone in the crowd. The power was present in Jesus when everyone touched him. The difference in the result was the difference in the people.
The same applies today. Some study the word of God and are changed; some read the word, and nothing happens. Some pray and are strengthened; some pray and are not helped. Some worship and are closer to God; some worship and are unmoved.
All of the processes here are the same. The power of God is there. The concern is, do you have faith and confidence in what you are doing and in who you believe?
The power of God will not benefit you unless you have confidence in the Lord’s power. Jesus at times healed people who did not know who he was, so his miracles are not confined to just believers. It’s your faith that will allow the power of God to work in you.
On occasion, Jesus blessed the unknowing, but he never blessed the faithless. If you ask him to help you, you must believe in him. There is no question that Jesus can help us in ways he has promised. The power is there. The question is, do we have the confidence to let Jesus help us?