Faith is a Verb
When faith goes from believing to knowing, doing is soon to follow.
The dictionary classifies the word “faith” as a noun but I would venture that faith – is really a verb.
Faith is awesome. Faith is reassuring. For Christians, faith is vital. But faith, as described here is passive, it’s docile, it’s… well, where’s the energy, the movement in this faith?
But Matthew is leaving part of the story out. It’s not just about her suffering from her condition; she also suffered because of her condition.
The Jewish people had very strict Old Testament laws and rituals about a woman with her condition. [ref. Leviticus 15:19-30] She was “unclean”, everything she touched was unclean, and everyone that touched her was unclean. And because of this, she was most likely shamed, shunned and cast out, not only by her peers but very likely even by her family.
Faith that believes also sees ... hope
And for probably the first time in 12 years she finds something that she had lost... hope.
She believed just touching the hem of His garment would heal her.
Faith that believes also moves ... expectation
And for maybe the first time in many years she goes out in public with... expectation.
She came up behind him and touched the fringe of his garment.
Faith that believes also receives ... restoration
He knew she believes.
And she was... restored.
He is here, He knows each one of us, He knows our circumstances and he knows our hearts.
And He is waiting, waiting for our faith to grow from believing to doing, waiting for us to come to Him, to touch His garment. And He is waiting to tell us, “Take heart, daughter; your faith has made you well.”
Father God, oh forgive us for our lack of faith. Forgive us for seeking answers and restoration on our own. Thank you for loving us anyway and for your amazing grace and mercy. Thank you for caring so much for us that you long for us to reach out to you. Help us to have the type of faith which moves us to action. In Jesus' name, amen.
Blessings Soul Friends,
- Romans 2:13
- John 11:40
- Mark 2:5
- Luke 1:45
This study was amazing. I love how you made scripture so real. I was in tears. Thank you.
Sandra, oh so glad you were blessed! Isn't God's Word beautiful?
Thank you for chatting. Jana
I loved this! Great 3 points about what faith does! I've been learning in my own study that faith and hope are intricately linked -- you can't have one without the other.
Lila, so true, they go hand in hand. Thanks for dropping by the blog today. Blessings.