Tuesday, May 5, 2015

Matthew 14:35-36 -- On Reaching out to Christ

"And when the men of that place had knowledge of him, they sent out into all that country round about, and brought unto him all that were diseased;
And besought him that they might only touch the hem of his garment: and as many as touched were made perfectly whole."
Matthew 14:35-36

Sometimes we look at the miracles in the scriptures and wish that we could live in that time, when all of this was happening.  To be part of that society, to be able to hear Christ's sermons, to be able to touch the hem of his garment and be healed seems overwhelmingly desirable.  And I totally agree that it would be amazing to be able to walk beside Christ and have a conversation with him, and learn from him personally.  I think we forget though, that most of the most desirable things about that time are available to us now.  We have the opportunity to talk to God whenever we want to.  We have his words and can read and study them.  We might not be able to see him or physically touch the hem of his garment at will, but he is still there, willing to heal us if we come to him and have faith.  Today, let's rejoice in our ability to have the gospel, the scriptures, and access to the Lord through prayer.  Let's listen to him and follow him just as we would if he were here... because he is here, in our lives, as much as we allow him to be.  Let's have the faith to go to him, to reach out, and to be healed.

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