A woman in the crowd had suffered for twelve years with constant bleeding, and she could find no cure. Coming up behind Jesus, she touched the fringe of his robe. Immediately, the bleeding stopped. “Who touched me?” Jesus asked. Everyone denied it, and Peter said, “Master, this whole crowd is pressing up against you.” But Jesus said, “Someone deliberately touched me, for I felt healing power go out from me.”
Dear God, there’s a huge chunk of things that happen in Luke before we get back to a specific reaction from any of the disciples. In this case, it’s Peter who decides to say something when Jesus calls out that someone touched him. As everyone denied it, Peter felt like he needed to provide the answer to the question. No one touched Jesus because everyone touched Jesus.
But that’s not what Jesus meant. Someone specific had indeed touched him. Peter didn’t understand what had happened and forced the wrong answer. I do that sometimes. Sometimes there is a problem before me and the right answer isn’t ready to be revealed, but I force it anyway. You know, I started the Peter and John series expecting to find myself more in John than Peter, but I guess I’m a lot more Peter than I realized.
Father, I have board meetings this week, both for the organization where I work and for another organization where I’m on the board. Give me your wisdom. Give all of us your wisdom. Help us to see what you see and hear what you hear. Help us to wait on you and to seek your answers to our dilemmas. And do your will through our work.
In Jesus’ name I pray,