This week, I've been taking a close look at Luke 17:12-19, the story in which Jesus heals the lepers. While reading, there were many tidbits that spoke to my heart and really made me want to think critically about how I can apply God's words into everyday practice. Luke 17:12-19 takes place in which Jesus reaches the border between Galilee and Samaria.
As Jesus entered a village, ten men with leprosy approached him, crying in extreme pain. "Jesus, Master, have mercy on us!" they said. Jesus then proceeded by directing these ten men to show themselves to the priests. As they went, Jesus cleansed them of their leprosy. What stands out to me is when Jesus heals all ten, only ONE came back to Him to say thank you.
"One of them, when he saw that he was healed, came back to Jesus, shouting, "Praise God!" Verse 16: "He fell to the ground at Jesus' feet, thanking him for what he had done. This man was a Samaritan." God wants us to be more thankful, even if what he did was big or small. We simply cannot ask God to heal us and then forget to acknowledge Him along the way.
The nine that walked away knew that Jesus was the only healer. They didn't rely on medicine or any other kind of practice for their sickness. Although they knew that God could heal them, they left Jesus hanging by forgetting to acknowledge Him.
Is it possible to ask for a blessing or ask to be healed and forget about the one who puts things in motion along the way?
As 2017 comes to a close, I implore you to think about the last time you asked God for something and whether or not you said thank you in return. I know it is something that I struggle with sometimes too. However, I believe that God is waiting to hear thank you from some of us.
Question: Is gratitude something you struggle with? If so, what are some things you are thankful for?