Even old habits need God's healing
I am a creature of habit. I don't know if you are anything like me, but I seem to find something that works and I stick with it, almost to a fault. That's one reason my golf game suffers, I can't break those old habits.
I used to work as a restaurant manager and managers are usually allowed a meal per shift. As I now look back over my career, here's the pattern that I see of my eating habits: I would sit down to eat my daily meal, and for several weeks it would be the same dish. It's like I would eat the same thing until I was sick of it, then I would find something new, until I was tired of that.
As I read through the Gospels, I find one thing very fascinating about Jesus, he didn't have ruts. What I am looking at, in particular, is his healing ministry, and what I find is that there is no magic formula to the way he healed any particular person.
Then, in the Gospel of Mark, chapter 7, Jesus throws the rule book out all together. In this chapter, verses 25-30, we read of a Gentile woman that asks for healing for her daughter. Jesus tells her that he is here for Israel not for the Gentiles, but he delights in her response: "Yes, Lord, but even the dogs under the table eat the children's crumbs." (NIV)
It's almost like you can hear Jesus chuckle after she says this, and he replies, "For such a reply, you may go; the demon has left your daughter."
Wait a minute, there's no touching? There's no saliva? There's not even the normally required confession of faith to accompany this miracle? What's the deal, Jesus?
Jesus wants to show everyone (this lady, the disciples and even you and I) that there are no boundaries that can hold this man. Nothing is outside of his capacity to heal.
Even though he used certain tactics prior to this, he proves that he doesn't have to. He doesn't even have to be present, as he heals this girl from long distance. Instead of requiring her faith, he builds her faith. What a miracle.
It doesn't matter what problem you face, Jesus has the ability to overcome. We so often try to put him in a box and say, "If only I could..., then he would heal me." And I'm telling you, he's bigger than that. He proved to us, time and time again, that he wasn't under some ritualistic power, or incantation; where he needed to say, or move, or touch just a certain way to get the job done. He was different, and he healed because he had the authority to heal.
The difference between Jesus and other mystics or healers: Jesus never hid the source of his power. This is the same power that is available to each of us.
Are you ready to be healed? I know he is ready to heal you.