Mark 5:34 – And he said unto her, Daughter, thy faith hath made thee whole; go in peace, and be whole of thy plague.
Countless people came to Jesus for healing and blessing during His earthly ministry. One thing common to them all is faith. They all believed in Him and His power. Do you? Do I? I hope so. It is vital to our hope and experience as Christians. Without faith we are dead.
In the case of the woman mentioned in Mark 5, she had suffered with a disease of the blood for twelve years. Blood disorders are some of the worst kind because blood is essential to all bodily functions. However, her faith was stronger than her bodily weakness. Despite the desperate nature of her condition, she felt that all she needed to was to touch the fabric of the Savior’s garment. In deed in so doing, she was healed. What faith!
However Jesus when knew her faithful touch had drawn power from Him, he confronted her. He did not scold her. Rather He commended her faith, saying, “Daughter, thy faith hath made thee whole; go in peace, and be whole of thy plague” (Mark 5:34). Faith was the key. Her belief that Jesus would heal her was clearly in accord with the will of God. Else she would not have been healed.
What about our faith? Is it strong enough to heal us? These are often difficult questions, however, we see in the Scriptures where healing is God’s will and other times where affliction remains also according to His will. The objective is always the glory of God and our ultimate good. Remember, all things work together for good to those who love the Lord (Romans 8:28).
Many people were healed during Christ’s earthly sojourn to show God’s power to heal, but others, like the Apostle Paul, were left to endure and show how God can make the faithful strong despite their physical challenges. The important thing for us to realize is that good does not always mean pleasant and that sin is the real mortal plague that requires healing. If sin is cured, then all else is details. Even the death of the body contains no fear to the one healed of sin.