I don’t see my doctor as often as I should, but when I do he has numerous questions for me. “How have you been? What brought you here today? What are your symptoms? How long has this been going on? Does it hurt when I push here?” He needs to ask me those questions in order to correctly diagnose my health problem, and to give me the best solution to help me heal. Throughout the Bible God has asked many questions. He asked Adam, “Where are you?” He asked Hagar, Sarah’s maid, “From where have you come, and where are you going?” He asked Elijah, “What are you doing here?” He asked Jonah, “Why are you angry?” God sure asked runaways a lot of questions! God is omniscient (all knowing), so why did He ask those questions?
I believe He did so in order to get those men and women to think about where they were, what brought them there, why they were there, what they were doing there, and where they were going. Keep in mind that the Bible was written for each of us, and many of those same questions are there for us to answer as well. Jesus was walking through the crowd one day and a woman with a very serious disease reached out to touch Him, hoping to be healed. “And Jesus said, Who touched me? When all denied, Peter and they that were with him said, Master, the multitude throng thee and press thee, and sayest thou, Who touched me?” (Luke 8:45)
Jesus knew exactly who touched him, and He knew why she did so. He needed her to step forward so he could affirm her faith that He was indeed The Messiah, the Savior.
There were many people who followed with the crowds to hear Jesus, to see the great miracles, but few believed He was who He said He was. “The woman fearing and trembling, knowing what was done in her, came and fell down before him, and told him all the truth. And he said unto her, Daughter, thy faith hath made thee whole; go in peace, and be whole of thy plague” (Mark 5:33-34).
That woman needed both physical and spiritual healing, and Jesus gave her both! There are still many people in the crowd today seeking help. They don’t know who to go to, where to go, they feel alone, and that no one cares for them. Their bodies, minds, and souls are severely wounded from a lifetime of poor decisions and sin-sickness. They are desperately looking for a touch of healing. Jesus is still walking through the crowd in the person of those of us who know Him as Lord and Savior. Look around you, be aware of your surroundings, and of the people that God puts in your life. They may be lost in the crowd, and have lost all hope. Reach out to them today and introduce them to Jesus! Help them reach out and touch the garment of His righteousness that gives permanent healing of the soul!
“Look unto me, and be ye saved, all the ends of the earth: for I am God, and there is none else” (Isaiah 45:22).