Healing stories from the Bible teach us and encourage us. Today is all about God’s perfect work of healing. James 1:4 says, “But let patience have its perfect work, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking nothing.” Perfect, complete, and lacking nothing sounds like wholeness!
When I went to elementary school during math class, we learned about fact families. One fact family we learned in elementary school was:
2 + 3 = 5
3 + 2 = 5
5 – 2 = 3
5 – 3 = 2
With that in mind, think of the following as a holy fact family:
Healing = God’s Work
God’s Work = Perfection
Perfection = Healing
God’s Work = Perfection = Healing
Read Mark 5:25-34 (Make sure not to skim over any precious details.)
This story has our holy fact family woven into the fabric of every hem.
Let’s identify some key facts of her story:
- She had been struggling with this affliction for 12 years. (If you are a woman, you probably agree that 12 years of ongoing menstrual bleeding is way too long!)
- She had suffered a great deal from doctors and their treatments.
- Her affliction had cost her everything she had. (She was broke.)
- After all the doctor’s visits, suffering, and money spent, she only grew worse.
Then Jesus came to town.
It was now or never, she had to make a choice and she had to have a “no matter what” kind of attitude. She sets her resolve and shoves her way through the crowd, an unclean, destitute, helpless, yet not hopeless woman.
Maybe her hope started as a glimmer but increased as she moved closer her faith goal, “If only I may touch His clothes, I shall be made well.”
Her faith had a goal. Touching the hem of Jesus’ garment was the faith goal set in her heart. This was when she believed she would experience healing.
Each person’s faith goal may be different.
Read Luke 7:1-10.
This story is about the Roman Centurion who asked Jesus for healing for another and caused Jesus to marvel. If even Jesus would marvel at his faith, we should pay close attention to his faith. The Centurion’s faith goal was Jesus’ spoken word. It is marvelous that the centurion had set his faith goal on the spoken word of God.
Now, think back to the Mark 5 healing story of the woman and her faith goal.
The woman had been unclean for twelve years, in Jewish law, that meant untouchable. No wonder her faith goal involved the touch. How she must have longed for the touch. How long since she had felt anything with the exception of suffering?
But this was a new day. She is healed by faith in a Man that she dared to touch. And how sweet Jesus was to let her feel her healing.
“What am I talking about?” So many times I have heard the words, “We walk by faith not by feeling.” I agree. However, there are times when we are so close to Jesus that He allows us to feel His presence as we seek Him. I love that feeling!
There is always healing in His presence.
Remember our holy fact family. The woman expereinced healing. The healing was God’s work. So what about perfection?
The scripture says that she was made whole. Made whole means nothing missing, nothing broken. Jesus told her to go in peace because He had healed her completely. Her healing was perfect.
Do you have a faith goal set for a healing or a work you are seeking God to do in your life?
- Identify that faith goal.
- Pray and keep believing until your faith goal is met.
- Know that God is pleased with your faith, maybe even marvels at your faith as you continue to keep your faith set on Him and His work.
Beloved, I pray that you may prosper in all things and be in health, just as your soul prospers.
3 John 2