Mark 5:25-30; “And a certain woman, which had an issue of blood twelve years, and had suffered many things of many physicians, and had spent all that she had, and was nothing bettered , but rather grew worse, when she had heard of Jesus, came in the press behind, and touched his garment. For she said, if I may touch but his clothes, I shall be whole. And straightway the fountain of her blood was dried up; and she felt in her body that she was healed of that plague. 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?”
I have been meditating on this scripture for a few weeks. As you can imagine there must have been people pushing against each other and pressing in to see Jesus. Surely people were pushing other people out of the way to get a look at the Master, the Healer. After all there were thousands who needed and wanted a touch from Jesus, so what was so different about this woman?
Even the disciples asked Jesus how He could possibly know that someone touched Him with so many people surrounding Him and pressing in to touch Him. But you see, this was a different kind of touch, this was not a simple bumping into in a crowd. This was not a simple touch on the arm because there were so many people in one place, this touch caused the miracle working power of God to flow out of Jesus and He felt it when it left Him. So how does one possess a faith that will touch God to the point that power will flow out of Him and into you? Let’s look at some other people who had that kind of faith, the faith that touches God.
Think about King David. The Bible calls him a man after God’s heart, yet as we read we see that David made many mistakes, he even killed a man so that he could have his wife, this is a man after God’s heart? Yes! He had a faith in God that no matter what he did, he clung to God. You see, the word ‘touched’ means fasten oneself to, or adhere to, that’s what Jesus said the woman with the issue of blood did when she touched Him, she clung to Him and clung to Him in such a way that virtue or the miraculous power of God came out of Him. And that is exactly what David did. No matter what mistake he made, he ran to God. He did not run from God when he messed up, he ran to Him. Even when he knew he was under the judgment of God for his sin, still he clung to God. When he was afraid, it was God he ran to. When he was rejoicing in victory it was God he sang to. And in doing so, he touched God with his faith.
What about Abraham? Abraham obeyed God and left his home and traveled to a land that God would show him. He did something many of us could not do, packed up and left everything behind and followed God. And if that wasn’t enough, once God blessed him with a son of promise, when God asked him to give him up, he was willing to do just as God commanded. He touched God with his faith and a ram in the thicket was released on his behalf.
What about Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego? Their faith in God brought them before a king who threw them in the fiery furnace, and turned it up seven times hotter. Yet, they stood firm in their faith and walked into that fire. Their faith touched God and He sent a fourth man to them to walk through the fire with them, they walked out unharmed, they didn’t even have the smell of smoke when they walked out of that fire.
Every time someone’s faith touches God, power is released on their behalf. But let’s think about the other side of this scripture for a moment. Luke 8:45 said “multitudes were thronging Him.” That means there were literally thousands of people all around Him. Let me ask you a question today; are you one of the throngers or do you desire to be one of those who touch Him with your faith? There are many people who say they are following God, but few ever touch Him with their faith. How do you become a person who not only follows God but touches Him with your faith? Simple, you believe that He is who He said He is.
Abraham so believed that God was who He said He was that he knew if his son, Isaac, died that God would raise him up. That’s how Abraham could say ‘we are going to worship and we shall come again.’
Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego knew that God was the only God that could be worshipped and they were willing to die for their belief. They were not willing to bow to any other God. Even though they knew God could deliver them, they declared that even if He didn’t they would not bow to another. This instance alone is a good test for your faith in God. If God doesn’t deliver you, will you still worship Him? If you can say YES then you, as they did, will touch God with your faith and He will be with you in the fire. He will not allow you to be burned and He will bring you out without the smell of smoke.
There are many people today who have touched God with their faith. I think about Oral Roberts who believed God when everything was stacked against him. He stood in faith even though most of the world thought he was crazy. But today, you can look and see what happened when his faith touched Jesus, ORU was birthed and they are still equipping students today to preach the gospel with power.
Think about it for a moment, I am sure you know someone who has stood against all odds, perhaps it was against cancer or divorce, or financial devastation, they stood in faith and even though it may have looked like they were going down or had already gone down, their faith touched God and He moved every obstacle out of their way and sent His miracle working power to work on their behalf.
You too can be a person whose faith will touch God. It’s easy; just believe that He is who He said He is. If you are facing illness, simply believe that He is the God that has already healed you. If you are facing financial problems, simply believe that He is Jehovah Jireh, your provider. If you are walking through a dark season in your life, just believe that He will never leave you nor forsake you, He is your light, He is with you, He has your back, He will not drop you and He will bring you through this unharmed…He promised. And we serve a God who never, ever breaks a promise.
How does your faith touch God? The same as the woman with the issue of blood did. She pressed in; she was determined to touch Him, even a small part of Him. She was determined to touch Him, even though every doctor had told her it was hopeless. Even though she had spent every penny she had trying to get healed. Even though her mind was reminding her of all this, she pressed on. She determined that no matter how many obstacles stood in her way, she would touch the Healer and as she did, and she was not only healed but made whole that very hour.
You see if you are battling illness and you continue to confess what the Bible says about you, no matter what you see or feel, your faith is touching God. If you are facing financial hardships and you continue to honor God with your tithe and give as God directs, and trust Him, confessing that He will meet your needs, your faith is touching God. If you are facing a crisis of your faith and you tell God, ‘I don’t understand…but I trust you’ your faith is touching God. When all hell has come against you and you stand in the face of it and declare ‘devil, I don’t care what you throw at me, I am going to trust my God and I am going to worship Him no matter what’ I promise you, your faith is touching God. As your faith touches God, He will release His awesome miracle working power on your behalf and move heaven and earth to get to you. He loves you that much! He wants to bless you that much! You mean that much to Him. Don’t give up, my friend. Press on in. Push your way in if you have to, but press on in and touch Him. Touch Him with your faith, you will be forever changed.