Mark 5:25-34 (NLT)
25 A woman in the crowd had suffered for twelve years with constant bleeding. 26 She had suffered a great deal from many doctors, and over the years she had spent everything she had to pay them, but she had gotten no better. In fact, she had gotten worse. 27 She had heard about Jesus, so she came up behind him through the crowd and touched his robe. 28 For she thought to herself, “If I can just touch his robe, I will be healed.” 29 Immediately the bleeding stopped, and she could feel in her body that she had been healed of her terrible condition. 30 Jesus realized at once that healing power had gone out from him, so he turned around in the crowd and asked, “Who touched my robe?”
31 His disciples said to him, “Look at this crowd pressing around you. How can you ask, ‘Who touched me?’” 32 But he kept on looking around to see who had done it. 33 Then the frightened woman, trembling at the realization of what had happened to her, came and fell to her knees in front of him and told him what she had done. 34 And he said to her, “Daughter, your faith has made you well. Go in peace. Your suffering is over.”
This is a familiar story about an ill woman who had been sick for years. She saw Jesus as her only hope because she had tried all the scientific methods of the day to be healed. She believed and had faith if she could just touch Jesus she would be healed of her illness. So in a crowd of people she managed to touch the robe of Jesus and was instantly healed. Jesus knew what happened and kept asking “who touched me?” Finally the woman fell at the feet of Jesus and admitted it was her. In response to her Jesus told her it was her faith that made her well and her suffering was now over.
Webster’s says the following about faith. It is an allegiance to duty or to a person. Faith is a sincerity of intentions. It is a belief and trust in and loyalty to God. Faith is a firm belief for something which there is no proof. It is complete trust. It is something that is believed especially with strong conviction. The woman in the story had a strong conviction Jesus could cure her, but the only proof she had was the testimonies of others. She had lost hope in everything else, but when it came to Jesus her faith was firm and committed. Faith is intangible. It is something which one possesses without firm foundation of proof. What happens when you are somewhere and you decide to rest by sitting down? You may be walking at the mall and see a comfortable bench to sit on. Without hesitation you walk over to the bench, you sit down, and you never give a second thought to the fact the bench could have collapsed; that is faith. When we trust God and believe He will take care of our lives in the best manner that also is faith. In the bible James says, “Abraham believed God, and God counted him as righteous because of his faith. He was even called a friend of God.” So are you looking for proof God exists? Start by not trying to prove it and place your unproved faith in Him. Trust God, be loyal to Him and keep your faith firm that He will be real in your life. And while I can only offer testimony of God in my life, and I can offer no proof other than what I believe, there is a God who cares so much for us that He gave the life of His son Jesus Christ as a Holy sacrifice. And the bible tells us, for whosoever believes in Him will not perish, but have everlasting life. Take hold of that everlasting life through faith and let God change you into what He wants you to be.