Be Still . . .
Devotionals for Daily Living ©
Just then a woman who had been subject to bleeding for twelve years came up behind him and touched the edge of his cloak. She said to herself, “If I only touch his cloak, I will be healed.”
Jesus turned and saw her. “Take heart, daughter,” he said, “your faith has healed you.” And the woman was healed from that moment.
(Matthew 9:20-22 (NIV))
Just what is faith?
What is the power of faith?
These are two very short and seemingly simple questions, yet they have left people perplexed and uncertain for thousands of years.
Now faith is being sure of what we hope for and certain of what we do not see.
(Hebrews 11:1 (NIV))
Did the woman say to herself, “Maybe if I get His attention, He will be able to tell me what doctor to go see.”? No, she said to herself, “If I only touch his cloak, I will be healed.” There was no hesitation in her convictions. There was not a single utterance of doubt. She knew what she believed and she knew what would happen. Faith is being sure and certain, but, perhaps it also rests heavily on the total removal of doubt that seems to fill our minds. After all, doubt removes certainty. It removes hope. Doubt is the natural enemy of faith.
Is it possible to have faith and still have doubt?
We are only human. We are sinners. We will have moments when our faith is overcome by doubt. After all, the enemy does attack and catch us off guard.
“I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.”
(John 16:33 (NIV))
The power of faith allows us to keep our eyes on Jesus when all around us is falling apart.
The power of faith allows us to see God’s hand in and through the toughest storms that we will face.
The power of faith allows us to know beyond all doubt that Jesus is King of kings and Lord of lords.
Do you have a faith? Do you have the power that can only come through that faith?