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DAILY DEVOTIONAL – Friday, August 31, 2018
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Dear Lord, open our hearts and our minds to the power of Your Word, which as we read, we may know, understand, and obey Your Word for us today. We pray in Jesus’ name. Amen. (Author unknown)
Today’s scripture reading:
[Jesus] said to her, “Daughter, your faith has made you well. Go in peace. You have been healed.” –Mark 5:34 (NLT)
This woman had a seemingly incurable condition causing her to bleed constantly. . . . She desperately wanted Jesus to heal her, but she knew that her bleeding would cause Jesus to be unclean under Jewish law if she touched him. Still, the woman reached out by faith and was healed. Sometimes we feel that our problems will keep us from God. But he is always ready to help. We should never allow our fear to keep us from approaching him.
Jesus was not angry with this woman for touching him. He knew she had touched him, but he stopped and asked who did it in order to teach her something about faith. Although the woman was healed when she touched him, Jesus said her faith caused the cure. Genuine faith involves action. Faith that isn’t put into action is not faith at all. (NLT)
Mark 5:25-34 – And there was a woman in the crowd who had had a hemorrhage for twelve years. She had suffered a great deal from many doctors through the years and had spent everything she had to pay them, but she had gotten no better. In fact, she was worse. She had heard about Jesus, so she came up behind him through the crowd and touched the fringe of his robe. For she thought to herself, “If I can just touch his clothing, I will be healed.” Immediately the bleeding stopped, and she could feel that she had been healed!
Jesus realized at once that healing power had gone out from him, so he turned around in the crowd and asked, “Who touched my clothes?”
His disciples said to him, “All this crowd is pressing around you. How can you ask, ‘Who touched me?’”
But he kept on looking around to see who had done it. Then the frightened woman, trembling at the realization of what had happened to her, came and fell at his feet and told him what she had done. And he said to her, “Daughter, your faith has made you well. Go in peace. You have been healed.”
Immediately aware that power had gone forth from him, Jesus turned about in the crowd and said, “Who touched my clothes?” –Mark 5:30 (NRSV)
Zoe Hicks (Georgia) titled her story “IN THE CROWD;” here is a portion of Zoe’s story:
“On a family vacation to New York City, I went to St. Patrick’s cathedral, thinking it would be a quiet place to pray and reflect during a break from our hectic pace of shopping and visiting museums. As I entered the cathedral, however, it seemed more like an exhibition hall than a place of worship. People walked around snapping photos. Some pointed out the arches and stained glass windows to companions. . . .
“As I slipped into a pew, I wondered, Can I find God here with so much noise and activity? Then I remembered the woman who fought her way through the crowd to touch the hem of Jesus’ robe. . . .
“The story helped me to see that the noise and distractions in the cathedral could not prevent my worship. Jesus knew I was there and would hear my prayer, even in the midst of the talkative sightseers. As Paul wrote, ‘I’m convinced that nothing can separate us from God’s love in Christ Jesus our Lord’ (Rom. 8:38, CEB).”
THOUGHT FOR THE DAY – Nothing can prevent me from spending time with God.
Prayer: Loving God, thank you for being with us in the crowded places as well as the quiet ones. Help us to remember that nothing can separate us from you. Amen.
To read the rest of the story in The Upper Room, click on the following link: http://devotional.upperroom.org/