Who Touched Me?
Welcome to Real Life. Does God still speak today? This week, we begin a new series on hearing God’s voice. A woman reached out to Jesus for healing… and he reached back.
God Speaks Series | Who Touched Me? | Mark 5:24-34
Normally Jesus reached out, touched the sick, and healed them. This time, someone reached out and touched Jesus. He wanted to know who it was.
“Who touched me?” Jesus asked.
It was a woman. For twelve years she had suffered from continuous bleeding. Desperate to be well, she pushed through the crowd behind Jesus and touched him. She felt it immediately. She had been healed. Jesus felt it as well. But, he had not seen her. Now, the Son of God was asking her to reveal herself. Why? What did he want? Would he reprimand her? Would he undo the healing? Trembling with fear, she fell at his feet and confessed.
Jesus had only tender words for her. “Daughter, your faith has healed you. Go in peace and be freed from your suffering.” It was not enough that this woman knew Jesus from afar. It was not even enough that she had been healed. He desired a face-to-face encounter. Jesus wanted her to know him.
Like that poor woman, I desperately need Jesus. I have been battered and bruised by life. I need healing. In devotions and prayer, I reach out and touch my Lord. I receive strength, hope, direction, and healing. Then, I walk away to re-enter my busy life. And Jesus is calling after me, “Who touched me?”
God is more than a pill to make my life better. He is a person who wants me to know him. Sometimes, I too am afraid. What will he say? Will he reprimand me? Will he ask me to do something hard? Maybe. Though the more I know Jesus, the more I trust him. I am learning to linger and ask, “Lord, is there something you want to say to me today?” And then sit quietly and listen. That's Real Life.
Something to think about:
- Are you willing to take a moment and ask, “Lord, is there something you want to say to me today?” And then sit quietly and listen.
- What does it mean to know God?
Next week: How does God speak?