“And he (Jesus) said to her, “Daughter, your faith has made you well. Go in peace. Your suffering is over.”– Mark 5:34
So many times, I simply forget to put my faith in God. Over and over again I fail to realize that Jesus is the only one that can end any suffering in this short lived time on Earth. I often put Him in a small box as if there is a limit to what his limitless power can do.
That verse is related to a story in Mark about a woman who had a medical condition where she was bleeding nonstop for over 12 years. She thought to herself, “If i could only touch his robe, I will be healed.” (Mark 5:28). She touched the end of his robe and was immediately healed. Jesus didn’t lay hands on her, or even speak to her. She knew that if she touched a piece of clothing he was wearing, that her condition would be healed. Why do I struggle so much to have such faith? God has carried me through the good and bad times in my life, yet I still have such little faith.
I literally envision a woman reaching through the crowd to swipe her hand over Jesus’ robe. She was reaching for him. Searching for him. She knew that a small touch would heal her. She didn’t care that the crowd was all around and Jesus was surrounded by other people. All she cared about was reaching for his garment and touching him because she knew she would be healed. I honestly think if she had any doubt at all, that she would have hesitated touching his robe. She didn’t even hesitate. She didn’t grab a hold of his robe, she didn’t grab his ankle, she barely touched his robe and was healed.
This verse can mean so much more. He says, “your suffering is over”. I think that can mean any kind of suffering, not just health. He can heal our relationships, our finances, our addictions, our marriages… all the things that can make us suffer in this world, just by having faith. That’s it. He says her faith healed her. Nothing else.
So why is having faith so hard? Why do we constantly try to do this life on our own and continuously fail horribly? I honestly don’t have an answer for that. The only thing I can come up with is that we are human. We have carnal minds and it’s almost impossible for us to have 100% faith because we live in a fallen world. We are constantly bombarded by the things of this world: sex, drugs, money, war, violence, hatred, etc. These things can put a wedge between us and God when we lose our focus. These things can be used intentionally by the enemy to try and distract us from the calling God has put on our lives and steal our faith in Him to carry out that calling.
Jesus also says, “Don’t be afraid. Just have faith.” (Mark 5:36). Really? Don’t be afraid? I mean, things scare me all day long. Have you watched the news?? But he tells us not to live in fear, but to live in faith. Even when bad things happen to good people, when Christians are faced with tragedy, faith is our tool to overcome adversity. I mean, a woman was healed by touching his robe, and I question all the things going on in my life? I wonder if God actually has it under control? It’s that simple, but I continue to try and take control of things and make my own decisions.
“You don’t have enough faith,” Jesus told them. “I tell you the truth, if you had faith even as small as a mustard seed, you could say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there’, and it would move. Nothing would be impossible.” Matthew 17:20
When I read this verse, it makes me wonder just how small my faith really is. Could it be smaller than a mustard seed?? That’s pretty small…almost insignificant to us…but it’s not to God.
Is my faith so small that I will never move mountains? Would I have enough faith to touch Jesus’ robe and believe I’d be healed without doubt or hesitation? Just look how tiny that seed is. I can only hope that my faith will grow to be the size of that tiny seed!
All he wants us to do is to continue to seek him day in and day out; to keep our focus on eternity with him. The more you seek him, the stronger your faith will grow. The stronger your faith grows, the deeper your roots will embed into his soil. The deeper your roots are, the more you will see him working in your life. And not only that, you will grow a deeper understanding of God and a love for him so strong that it could not be uprooted or stolen by the enemy. And to think, it could all start with something as small as that mustard seed. You just gotta have faith!