“And a woman who had been suffering from a hemorrhage for twelve years, came up behind Him and touched the fringe of His cloak; for she was saying to herself, ‘If I only touch His garment, I will get well.’ But Jesus turning and seeing her said, ‘Daughter, take courage; your faith has made you well.’ At once the woman was made well.” Matthew 9:20-22 NASV
God only needs to touch it one time to make an eternal impact. Just one touch can make all the difference for it. Regardless of the intensity or longevity of the problem, it must change at the Master’s touch. Can the preceding statements be true? Yes. Each above statement is absolutely true. The power of one touch from God is always far beyond satisfactory.
For the Christian to fully experience a life full of God’s “touches”, it is helpful to know the answers to the following two questions.
1. If God only needs to touch it one time, what is “it?”
2. How does one receive a “touch” from God?
The answer to question one is both simple and complicated. One word sums up the specific areas God is willing to touch regarding humanity. The word is “everything.” The One true living God delights in getting involved and placing His Divine hand on earthly situations. (2 Chronicles 16:9) God is wiling to help the believer in all aspects of life. This includes the physical, mental, social, financial, political, and geographical. The list is endless. The limitless One places no limits on the reach of His salvation. If one calls on the Lord, inviting Him to fix the area, the merciful God will quickly come to the rescue.
But when one needs a rescue, exactly how does one receive God’s touch? This only comes by an encounter with God. This is inherent in the meaning of the word “touch.” A touch happens when two distinct items, which are normally separate, now move closer together and eventually connect. A good example of this is an electrical circuit operating in a common light switch.
Behind the scenes, the electrical wiring is set to turn on the light bulb, but only when the missing piece is in place. The flip of the light switch completes the circuit, resulting in light shining in the room. The “touch” of the missing link now changes the entire atmosphere. Isn’t a touch from God similar?
Receiving a touch from God is analagous to using a light switch in another important aspect. Using a light swich to brighten up a room requires involvement of two main parties, the individual and the energy source (or generator). If either of the two is not fulfilling their role, then the light bulb will not turn on. Spiritually, this takes both God drawing near to the believer and the believer drawing near to God. (James 4:8)
When seeking a touch from God, one should know the power to provide electricity to the situation comes only from God. A mere human can neither create nor personally supply electrical current. On the other hand, the lights don’t turn on by themselves. Even if lights are on an automatic timer or set for motion sensor, some interraction from the individual is involved. Likewise, receiving a touch from God requires an individual to change spiritual positions and move to a place of connecting with God.
Both God touches the individual, and the individual touches God. In practical terms, one must recognize the need for God’s involvement in “it”. Next the individual must take a step towards God. This is done by calling out to God and asking Him to intervene. Jesus will never reject anyone who comes to Him with a sincere heart. (John 6:37b)
Lastly, one must believe in God hearing them and touching the situation. At this point, the believer should act differently, expecting to see God change the dark area into a room full of light. Today, God is providing the electricity of Heaven for every dark realm of humanity. The power of the resurrected Jesus Christ is more than enough to bring light that shines eternally. God is ready now. God has drawn close to each person. He is lovingly waiting for one to draw close to Him for a touch. Who will be the next one to touch the hem of His garment?