The woman with the flow of blood illustrates that faith need not be very vocal to be real and effective. But the story also shows us that it’s important to give Christ the credit for all He does for us. Let’s look at the story:
Now a woman, having a flow of blood for twelve years, who had spent all her livelihood on physicians and could not be healed by any, came from behind and touched the border of His garment. And immediately her flow of blood stopped. And Jesus said, “Who touched Me?”
When all denied it, Peter and those with him said, “Master, the multitudes throng and press You, and You say, ‘Who touched Me?’“
But Jesus said, “Somebody touched Me, for I perceived power going out from Me.” Now when the woman saw that she was not hidden, she came trembling; and falling down before Him, she declared to Him in the presence of all the people the reason she had touched Him and how she was healed immediately.
And He said to her, “Daughter, be of good cheer; your faith has made you well. Go in peace.”– Luke 8:43-48 (NKJV)
Perhaps she was simply shy; perhaps embarrassed about her condition. People have many reasons to be less than public about their faith. Nonetheless, many of our most private blessings deserve public attention for at least two reasons:
Jesus deserves the credit in the eyes of others for what He does for us.
Because others may be encouraged to trust Jesus for their own very private concerns.