The uncertainties of life means that it’s not everything in life we are always sure about. There is a significant portion of life where we live by chancing. We take risks out there because we are not always sure about the outcome. When medics are working on a patient and they have two alternatives, they will often take the route that increases the patient’s chances of survival. Similarly faith in God will often involve chancing out. A step of faith means taking a risk and trusting God for a miracle which is far better than sitting down and waiting to die. Yesterday we discussed how Jesus told Jairus to hold on to faith even when the situation of his daughter appeared to deteriorate. On his way to Jairus house Jesus met a woman who had another dimension of faith which I like calling, the perhaps faith. The woman who was suffered from bleeding for a period of 12 years with no cure to her illness decided to do something different. She reasoned within herself that if only she chanced out and touched the hem of Jesus garments, she may be healed. She knew that she may not get directly closer to Jesus because she was unclean and a figure of public disgrace. Most likely she had heard about the scriptural story of four lepers who stood outside the gates of ancient city of Samaria and who decided to chance and go out there to the enemies camp instead of sitting by the gate and die of hunger. The woman decided not to die in her shame and reach out with a perhaps. She reasoned that there was nothing to lose if she chanced out. Faith is that voice that will tell you to reach out instead of sitting down and waiting for death. It’s that voice that will ask you to break the bonds of fear and defy your ego so that you can reach out. Where have you stayed in the same situation for too long and there is an opportunity to chance out? Where is there a chance of survival if you risked out there. Where does going for it appear more promising than staying put? There is a God who operates beyond the confines of the familiar. His eyes moves to and from looking for a soul that will chance in him. The woman was healed when she chanced on Jesus. He is never too busy to attend to our concerns and even today He is waiting on you to reach out to him with a perhaps!
“And suddenly, a woman who had a flow of blood for twelve years came from behind and touched the hem of His garment. For she said to herself, “If only I may touch His garment, I shall be made well.” Matthew 9:20-21 NKJV
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