“If I can just touch his clothes,” she thinks, “I will be healed” Mark 5:28
To touch him was a risky decision. But what did she have besides a crazy hunch and high hopes? She had no money, no friends, and no other solution. All she had was a hunch that Jesus could help and hope that he would.
What’s kept you from coming to God? Were there crowds blocking your view? Did they seem neat and clean in their faith so you backed off? If you read that story in Mark, you’ll find that only one person was commended that day for having faith. It wasn’t a loyal follower. It was the penniless outcast who reached out on a hunch with hope that He would help her.
Isn’t this the definition of faith in action? A conviction that He can and a hope that He will. Sounds similar to the definition of faith given by the Bible. “Without faith no one can please God. Anyone who comes to God must believe that He is real and that He rewards those who truly want to find Him.”
God made it so easy for us. We only have to believe that God is real and God is good. Faith isn’t a midnight vision or a voice in the forest. It’s a choice to believe that the God who made it all hasn’t left it all and that He still responds to gestures of faith.
There was no assurance, of course. She hoped he’d respond. She longed for it, but she didn’t know if He would. All she knew was that Jesus was there and that He was good.
Faith is not the belief that God will do what you want. Faith is the belief that God will do what is right.