by Lynn Ridenhour
There was a woman in the Bible who came crawling on her hands and knees to
Jesusand was healed. She touched the hem of his garment and he was moved with
compassion (Luke 8:43-48). He healed her.
Without a doubt, one of my favorite stories in all of scripture.
Here is a woman who had her theology all screwed up but her heart was rightand
Jesus was deeply moved. Her head was all wrong but her heart was alright. The Master knew
the difference. It was her heart that moved the Son of God to action though her theology
was really way out in left field. Who said you had to crawl on your hands and knees for
God to heal you? Whats this...touching the hem of his garment?
Obviously, there are fundamental lessons staring us in the face. I see two.
OneGod can take a crooked stick and draw a straight line. Your theology can be
bent out of shape, as crooked as a dried-out hickory stick--yet if your heart is humble,
God will hear your cry.
Twothe lesson of the Pharisee and the fool. Were to avoid both; that is,
Im sure we desire to be neither. I dont want to be a Pharisee. And I
dont want to be a fool. The Pharisee, for instance, starts out with the right
premise but reaches the wrong conclusion. The fool, on the other hand, starts with the
wrong premise but reaches the right conclusion. Both mistakes are unhealthy for our souls.
Ideally, were to have both the mind of Christ...and the heart of Christ.
Take the Pharisees. They were not wrong in doctrine; they were wrong in assumption.
They assumed if they possessed the word of a thing, they possessed the thing itself. That
is, if they knew the Word of God, they knew God. Right premise, wrong conclusion.
Take, on the other hand, the Thessalonians. They were fools. They believed,
theres no need to work since the Second Coming must be imminent. Wrong premise,
right conclusion. Just the opposite.
My point isoften times our premises and conclusions dont match. Our
theology gets all twisted around in the ups & downs of life. We think we must crawl on
our hands and knees for God to answer our prayers. Or do something weird.
When God gets right to heart of our matters, and moves anyway.
...And Jesus said, Somebody hath touched me... (Lu.8:46).