Touch of Faith
For she said within
herself, If I may but touch his garment, I shall be whole. But Jesus turned him
about, and when he saw her, he said, Daughter, be of good comfort; thy faith
hath made thee whole. And the woman was made whole from that hour. Matt.
talk of religious things in a casual way, to pray for spiritual blessings
without real soul hunger and living faith, avails little. The wondering crowd
that pressed close about Christ realized no vital power from the contact. But
when the poor, suffering woman, in her great need, put forth her hand and
touched the hem of Jesus' garment, she felt the healing virtue. Hers was the
touch of faith. Christ recognized that touch, and He determined there to give a
lesson for all His followers to the close of time. He knew that virtue had gone
out of Him, and turning about in the throng He said, "Who touched My
clothes?" Surprised at such a question, His disciples answered, "Thou
seest the multitude thronging Thee, and sayest Thou, Who touched Me?"
Jesus fixed His eyes upon her who had done this. She was filled
with fear. Great joy was hers; but had she overstepped her duty? Knowing what
was done in her, she came trembling, and fell at His feet, and told Him all the
truth. Christ did not reproach her. He gently said, "Go in peace, and be
whole of thy plague."
Here was distinguished the casual contact
from the touch of faith. Prayer and preaching, without the exercise of living
faith in God, will be in vain. But the touch of faith opens to us the divine
treasure house of power and wisdom; and thus, through instruments of clay, God
accomplishes the wonders of His grace.
This living faith is our great need
today. We must know that Jesus is indeed ours; that His Spirit is purifying and
refining our hearts. If the followers of Christ had genuine faith, with
meekness and love, what a work they might accomplish! What fruit would be seen
to the glory of God!
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