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Listen while you read: "Take Time To Be Holy"1 (Lyrics)
Matthew 9:20-21 – Just then a woman who had been subject to bleeding for twelve years came up behind him and touched the edge of his cloak. She said to herself, "If I only touch his cloak, I will be healed." (NIV)
I have a scrap pail beside my sink. Apple peelings, pear cores, old lettuce, stale bread, carrot ends and such get tossed into it for the horses. These scraps don't seem like much to me, compared to the whole fruit or fresh bread, but the ponies relish them.
Likewise in today's Scripture, this poor woman, who had been an outcast for so many years due to her physical ailment, relished the thought of just having a scrap of Jesus. If I only touch his cloak, I will be healed, she told herself. And indeed she was correct, for when Jesus turned and saw her, He said, "Take heart, daughter, your faith has healed you." (Matthew 9:22 NIV) And it had, for the fact is that just a scrap of Jesus was greater than anything the world had or could ever offer her.
This fact still remains true today, although hordes of people worldwide have not yet discovered it or have chosen not to believe it. Instead, they seek to heal their loneliness, their discontent, and their fears through material wealth, spiritualism, continued education, work, sexual pleasures, and the like, only to discover as the writer of Ecclesiastes penned: "All of it is meaningless, a chasing after the wind." (Ecclesiastes 2:17b NIV)
Yet, just a scrap of Jesus, just enough faith to reach out and touch Him, is all that they really need to have their lives changed for eternity. For just a scrap of Him is still greater today than anything and everything this old world can offer.
Prayer: Father God, forgive us this day when we may seek to fill ourselves up with anything but You. Grant us faith amidst any and all circumstances to simply keep reaching to touch Jesus, that our lives may be filled with godly healing, meaning, and eternal delight. In Christ's name, we ask. Amen,