Read Luke 8:40-48
Let us therefore approach the throne of grace with boldness, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help in time of need.—Hebrews 4:16 (NRSV)
The woman described in the scripture reading for today is one of my heroes. Her bleeding disorder made her unclean according to the law (Lev. 15:19). No one could touch her, and she could be punished for making another person unclean by touching him or her. Out of her tremendous need, she put aside her pride and her fear of the consequences, boldly came up behind Jesus, and touched his cloak. When Jesus turned to her, she fell to the ground, trembling at his feet, and declared to everyone why she had touched Jesus and that she had been healed.
As I picture the scene, I see Jesus bending down, taking the woman by the arm and saying, “Daughter, your faith has healed you. Go in peace.”
The scripture shows that if we are willing to humble ourselves before God, God will show us mercy. Isaiah 30:18 (NIV) says, “The Lord longs to be gracious to you; therefore he will rise up to show you compassion.” If, like the woman Jesus healed, we leave behind our pride and fear and come boldly before God, we can be healed.
Prayer—Dear God, call us nearer to you so that we might be healed. Amen.
Thought for the Day—What prevents me from coming boldly before God?
Kenneth John Marks (Oregon)