Here’s Today’s Devotional from The Vine…
How did he know that one touch amid all the press of the crowd? The people were close to Him, pushing up against Him. The disciples even thought it was strange that He would ask the question. The people could not help but touch Him. There was one touch different from all the rest, though! There was a heart’s cry in it. It was not like the pressof the crowd, an accidental or a thoughtless touch, the simple touch of nearness; there was a soul in it. Amid all the pressure of the crowd He recognized it.
In every church service all are near to Christ, but not all are blessed. All press up against Christ, but some go away as they came, carrying with them wounds unhealed, brokenness unmended, and heart-hunger unfulfilled. Others, sitting close by, receive help. The first, even though they are near near, reach out no hand of faith, while the others touch the hem of Christ’s clothes.
The services of the Church may be compared to telephone wires through which messages are always passing. You may climb up and put your ear to the wire, or hold it in your hand; but you will not hear a word of all the important messages that are flashing through it. But if someone comes with a phone and attaches it he or she hears every word. Similarly in the services we touch the invisible wires that bind heaven and earth together. Along these wires messages are flying up from earth to heaven, prayers, praises, heart cries, faith filled desires; down from heaven to earth answers of comfort, cheer, joy, and help, along with blessings of pardon, healing, life, peace. Sadly many know nothing of all this. For them there are no flash of healing, no new life. No joy, or help comes to them. They are close, but have no true connection. The others touch by prayer and faith.
Apply This To Your Life Today… How do you connect closely (emotionally and spiritually) to Christ? What practices help you achieve or maintain that connection?