5 And there was a woman who had had a discharge of blood for twelve years, 26 and who had suffered much under many physicians, and had spent all that she had, and was no better but rather grew worse.27 She had heard the reports about Jesus and came up behind him in the crowd and touched his garment. 28 For she said, “If I touch even his garments, I will be made well.”29 And immediately the flow of blood dried up, and she felt in her body that she was healed of her disease. 30 And Jesus, perceiving in himself that power had gone out from him, immediately turned about in the crowd and said, “Who touched my garments?”31 And his disciples said to him, “You see the crowd pressing around you, and yet you say, ‘Who touched me?’” 32 And he looked around to see who had done it. 33 But the woman, knowing what had happened to her, came in fear and trembling and fell down before him and told him the whole truth. 34 And he said to her, “Daughter, your faith has made you well; go in peace, and be healed of your disease.”
What is the meaning of suffering?
This woman had suffered for 12 long years. She had probably been taken advantage of by charlatans who took her money, knowing they could not help her. And yet, she still possessed a dynamic faith that moved her to action. She knew. You might have heard the old idiom, “I know what I know.” This survivor was filled with faith and confidence that Jesus was the answer. In spite of all the things that war against your faith and soul – take hold of the possibilities in Jesus.
Again, Jesus points to the role her own faith played in her healing. Faith is not some element in a formula like you hear from tv preacher man, but God does respond to faith. God does not need a high profile healer. God does not need a large audience. God does not need anything, but he wants you to reach out and touch Him.