“If only I may touch His garment, I shall be made well.” Matthew 9:21, NKJV
If only. You have probably spoken or thought those words before. I know I have. Most of the time, these words said are like wishful thinking. But what is astounding about this woman with the issue of blood was the action she put behind the desire of her “if only.” She wanted to be healed and spent many years seeking a cure. When Jesus came to town, she took the opportunity presented to her. She knew that if she could reach out to Him, she would no longer have to wonder what it would be like to experience healing. She had faith that she would. Her belief propelled her from dreaming about her “if only” into putting action behind it.
Her story is powerful and quite an eye-opener. For many, the “if only” does not come with expectation. Perhaps that is why there is a lack of action toward fulfilling it because they are not expecting a change. But wishful thinking was not for this woman. She had already suffered enough, and now was the time to do something about it. Granted, she had tried to “do” something before. But now her doing is taking her, by faith, to Jesus Christ, whom she is convinced, can make her whole.
Are you convinced enough to move your “if only” from wishful thinking to have enough faith to do something about it? That’s the difference between the two. Wishful thinking is just that. It does not expect the situation to change but, it is fun to dream and think about it. Faith says I believe that things will change. It is not always going to be like this, and it is waiting to back that faith up with actions that declare what it believes.
Hebrews 11 tells many stories of faith done in action that moves because of one’s belief. When Peter himself wanted to walk on water with Jesus, he didn’t sit in the boat with the others and dream about what the waves would feel like under his feet. He lifted his legs over the side of that vessel and stood where only his faith in Jesus would allow him to stand.
Faith is not at all passive. Nor is it just about dreaming. It is also about doing. What is your “if only” asking you to do today for a better tomorrow? There are many awe-inspiring and beautiful things still to be done in the lives of God’s people. Don’t let your “if only” be a reason to put it on the shelf to collect dust. Instead, let your “if only” propel you forward into wholeness.
Today, we can believe for more. Hope for more. And, put faith into action because our God “is able to do exceeding abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that worketh in us” Ephesians 3:20.
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