Divine Appointment

Mark 5:30 ‘And Jesus, immediately knowing in himself that virtue had gone out of him, turned him about in the press, and said, Who touched my clothes?’

Let us consider each detail of this woman’s circumstance, for details are significant to our Lord. First, this woman had suffered from her malady for twelve long years. Second, she had spent all her savings trying to improve her condition. Third, not only had her condition failed to improve, but it rather grew worse.

How desperately this woman wanted to enjoy good health! Our hearts pity her in that the harder she tried to secure it, the more it evaded her. That which she thought would be her ultimate happiness seemed to be an elusive dream. Little did she know that God’s mercy was in this. God would use even this to reveal His own heart to her. He saw that the miserable condition of her heart excelled that of her body. He was willing to heal the second, but not without addressing the first.

‘Who touched me?’ was the earnest enquiry of the Saviour. The woman was afraid, for she did not truly know the heart of the One she had touched. Maybe long experience with physicians who only cared about her money had served to breed in her a deeply entrenched distrust of all but herself. ‘Better to get what I can, and to evade any personal contact with Jesus,’ was her inward thought. This was her misery.

Jesus turned around to behold the poor soul of one who was willing to remain unknown even to Himself. Afraid to reveal her identity, but even more afraid to hide herself, she came trembling to the Saviour. Her physical condition had been healed, but He was unwilling that she should depart without a revelation of the kindness of His heart. To Jesus, this was no impersonal event, but a divine appointment, foreordained from eternity past. The heart of Almighty God cared for her personally, and wanted her to know it.

‘Daughter, thy faith hath made thee whole.’ Just as her belief in God’s omnipotence had been the means for healing her physical plague, so now her understanding of God’s personal kindness to her became the means of rectifying her spiritual malady. If she was not previously converted, this may have been the moment that God wrought faith in her heart. This event then was at least an assurance to her of His personal care for her as His child. Though a trembling soul, our Saviour drew her out in faith and His love gave her even more than she had asked or thought possible: Peace with God, and wholeness of spirit.

Why seek with fearful and trembling hands to prise something from the Saviour’s hand, when He stands willing to meet your deepest need? (1 Corinthians 3:21, 23) ‘…For all things are yours…And ye are Christ’s; and Christ is God’s.’

Pastor James West

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