Simple Faith

Matthew 9:20-21
And, behold, a woman, which was diseased with an issue of blood twelve years, came behind him, and touched the hem of his garment:  For she said within herself, If I may but touch his garment, I shall be whole.

Sometimes we make things too complicated.  We devise in our minds these elaborate plans of what we must do.  We get these ideas that so much must be required of us in order to receive something from God.  But the simplest kind of faith was demonstrated by this woman.  She held a certainty within her that touching Jesus’ garment would bring healing that came from nowhere else.  It was a small thing to her, especially after all she’d probably already gone through.

So she says, “If I may but touch his garment,” like, “That’s all I have to do.”  It was free.  It was painless.  It was possible.  He was right there in front of her, and all she had to do was reach out.  And the most amazing thing was that it did work.  It worked immediately.  And she experienced wholeness for the first time in years by that one simple act, having the faith to reach for Jesus.

Jesus honors simple faith.  Doesn’t He talk about the faith of a child?  The kind of faith that is sure and trusting fully and only in Him.  The kind of faith that understands no one can do what Jesus can.  The kind of faith that believes illness can become wholeness, sinful can become sinless, dead can become alive.  Because through Christ, things are possible that wouldn’t be possible any other way.

It may have been unconventional to come secretly and just reach for Jesus’s clothes without even asking for something.  But the woman reached with expectation because of who it was that she was touching.  It may seem too simple to just accept Jesus’ gift of salvation without having to do anything but receive it.  It may seem like we should have to do something more than ask for forgiveness and expect to receive it.  But God’s plan is simple.  God makes these things accessible to us.  And when we are trusting Jesus, we can experience something truly life-changing just by our simple faith.

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