Faith – complete trust or confidence in someone or something.
Whenever I think about faith and what it means to me I always go back to the story of the woman who suffered from bleeding and was healed.
“Just then, a woman who had suffered from bleeding for twelve years approached from behind and touched the end of His robe, for she said to herself, “If I can just touch His rove, I’ll be made well.” Jesus turned and saw her. “Have courage, daughter,” He said. “Your faith has saved you.” And the woman was made well from that moment.”
Not only is it a story about healing, but also a story about where identity was found. She knew that if she could just touch Jesus that she would be healed. She knew that if she could just get a taste or a glimpse of His presence that everything would be better. Why is it so hard for us to understand that everything we need can be found in Him? The creator of all things. The One who knows us best. This woman had so much trust in a person she hardly knew, but she had faith. Maybe she spent the past twelve years with this identity that she was just the woman with the blood problem, but she found an opportunity to change her identity and she had faith. She was no longer that woman, but now known as a woman with great faith.
I love that God can change our identity just by one small bit of trust. You may be suffering from something that no one knows about and people think you are perfect and that’s your identity right now, but God wants you to overcome that thing so you can now believe in yourself that you are a child of God. You are not just like everyone else. You are called to live out your faith.
The Bible doesn’t tell us what this woman did next after she was healed, but what would you do? Hide it? Not tell anyone? No! She probably told everyone and because of her faith people heard the name of Jesus. How amazing is it that it doesn’t have to stop with just us? That our faith and trust and healing can help us pursue our calling to make disciples. To live out the great commission.
Don’t let your healing stop you. Let your healing give your the courage to disciple others. Let your faith be the drive to follow the path God has called you to.