Evening, February 14, edited from Spurgeon’s Morning and Evening
“She had been immediately healed.” — Luke 8:47
One of the most touching and instructive miracles of the Savior is before us tonight. The woman was very ignorant. She imagined that virtue came out of Christ by a law of necessity, without his knowledge or direct will. Moreover, she was a stranger to the generosity of Jesus’ character, or she would not have crept behind to steal the cure which he was so ready to give. Misery should not attempt to hide, but should always place itself right in the face of mercy. Had she known the love of Jesus’ heart, she would have said, “I have only to put myself where he can see me—his omniscience will show him my case, and his love immediately will perform my cure.” We admire her faith, but we marvel at her ignorance. After she had obtained the cure, she rejoiced with trembling: she was glad that divine virtue had produced a miracle in her; but she feared in case Christ should retract the blessing, and negate the grant of his grace: little did she comprehend the fullness of his love! We do not have as clear a view of him as we could wish; we do not know the heights and depths of his love; but we know without a doubt that he is too good to withdraw from a trembling soul the gift which it has been able to obtain.
But here is the marvel of it: as little as was her knowledge, her faith, because it was real faith, saved her, and saved her at once. There was no tedious delay—faith’s miracle was instantaneous. If we have faith as a grain of mustard seed, salvation is our present and eternal possession. If in the list of the Lord’s children we are noted as the weakest of the family, yet, being heirs through faith, no power, human or demonic, can eject us from salvation. If we do not dare lean our heads into his embrace along with John, still yet, if we can venture into the multitude behind him, and touch the hem of his garment, we are made whole. Courage, timid one! Your faith has saved you; go in peace. “Being justified by faith, we have peace with God.”