Today’s Scripture: And a certain woman, which had an issue of blood twelve years, And had suffered many things of many physicians, and had spent all that she had, and was nothing bettered, but rather grew worse, When she had heard of Jesus, came in the press behind, and touched his garment. For she said, If I may touch but his clothes, I shall be whole. And straightway the fountain of her blood was dried up; and she felt in her body that she was healed of that plague. Mark 5:25-29

The woman had spent everything she had in order to be healed. She had struggled with this illness for twelve years but to no avail. After all of the tests and treatments, she wasn’t better at all, in fact, she had gotten worse. It seemed hopeless-the doctors had tried everything they could, and now she was penniless.

Then she had heard of this miracle worker, Jesus. She had heard about all the incredible healings he had done-the blind could see, the deaf could hear, the lame could walk-surely He could heal her. As Jesus passed by, she joined the crowd following Him believing that if she could only touch His clothes, she would be healed. As she pressed forward, she finally got close enough to reach out and touch Him. Immediately, she felt that she had been healed.

Suddenly, Jesus stopped and asked, “Who touched my clothes?” The woman froze. She had been caught. The disciples looked at Jesus and asked, “Don’t you see the crowd? Are you shocked someone touched you?” The woman was fearful, so she fell down before Him and told Him all that had happened. Jesus’ response was one of love and compassion, “Daughter, thy faith hath made thee whole.” (Mark¬†5:34)

She could have made many excuses why she shouldn’t have tried to touch Him. She may have wondered, ‘What could this man do? The doctors have tried everything and failed.’ Maybe He would be angry with her for touching Him. Yet, despite her fear and excuses, she was willing to try.

Sometimes we may be afraid to step out in faith. We can come up with as many excuses as we want, but until we step out in faith, we will never see God work. Maybe God is calling you to do something that you don’t feel ready to do. Maybe you’re comfortable with the way things are and don’t want to make things more difficult. Friend, we need to stop making excuses and trust God to do what is best.

Things may not always go the way we hope, but God has a reason for it. Three times the Apostle Paul prayed that his thorn in the flesh would be removed, but God answered that His grace was sufficient to deal with it. The Apostle Paul then learned that God uses our weaknesses and infirmities for His glory. (2¬†Corinthians¬†12:8-9) When God asks you to do something you think is impossible, do it! Don’t make excuses why you can’t; instead, step out in faith, and you will see Him work miracles.

Devotional by Pastor Jim Scudder, Jr.