“And He said to her, “Daughter, your faith has made you well. Go in peace. Your suffering is over.” (Mark 5:34). These words spoken by Jesus have a strong significance. They give us a clearer picture of what causes miracles, breakthroughs and other blessings to take place. Jesus performed a lot of miracles in the Bible including the one mentioned above. A woman with a bleeding issue believed that if she could only touch Jesus, she would get healed. She touched Him in the middle of a crowd. He felt power leaving Him. Once He found out who had touched Him, He told the woman that her faith had made her whole. She did get her healing. Why? Her faith healed her. We often focus on the Healer and we should but we miss the part about our faith connecting us to our healing or our breakthrough. How many times do we just wait for God to act but we don’t stretch our hand to touch Him with our faith so to speak? Could it be that we need to make our way through the crowd and touch Him? Could it be that we need to ignore all the obstacles and stretch out our hand of faith until He says “Your faith has made you whole”?
There is a verse in the Bible that has stayed with me. It’s the one that mentions that Jesus performed many miracles that are not listed in the Word of God (John 20:30). In John 21:25 we are told that “Jesus did many other things as well. If every one of them were written down, I suppose that even the whole world would not have room for the books that would be written.” Faith played a role in many miracles I am sure. I wonder how many miracles we could see nowadays if the Church as a whole had more faith in miracles. If the Church as a body stretched out its hand of faith, there would be a lot more breakthroughs, signs and wonders. Faith comes from hearing and we are not hearing a lot about miracles I find. It’s a question of prioritizing what we believe in. Miracles sound too far-fetched for a lot of people. I want to embrace them. I want to be in a crowd and touch His garment with my faith and receive whatever blessing I need. If it was possible back then it is still possible today. Do you believe that?
The crowd of people that was standing between the Lord and the woman with the issue represents all the people or things that stand in the way. There can be a number of obstacles that slow our process down or that try to prevent us from getting to the Lord. Think about overbooked schedules. They can stand between you and God because you can’t find the time to wait on Him. Make an inventory of the “crowd of people” in your life. List all the things and people that might be blocking you. Once you know who and what they are, speak out in faith and declare that no one and nothing can stand in your way. Declare that you will reach Him because your hand of faith is stretched out and ready to connect you with the One who can give you what you need. It’s believing that will make things happen. It will stir things up and you will receive your miracle. The best way to stretch out your faith is to step out in faith. Do something that shows you have faith that the Lord can help you. Before long “your suffering will be over.”