Daily Bible Reading – Genesis 42,43; Psalm 5; Luke 17
Today’s Key Passage – Luke 17:11-19
Leprosy is a debilitating disease that was greatly feared in Jesus’ day. Because leprosy was so contagious, lepers were not allowed to live among other people and were not even permitted to approach other people without first announcing their presence. The ten lepers were respectful and obedient to this law as they called out to Jesus from a distance. In those days, sometimes a person’s leprosy would go into remission. When that happened, the former leper had to go to the priests to be declared clean so that he could go back to living a normal life among other people. When Jesus saw these ten lepers calling out to Him, He immediately told them to go to the priests to be declared clean. Even before they were healed, all ten lepers did exactly as Jesus told them to do. They left and went to the priests because they had faith that Jesus would heal them. They did not need to see themselves healed first before obeying Jesus; they just believed that He would do what He said He would do. Sure enough, as they walked they were healed.
Obviously, we can tell from Scripture that these ten men were respectful and obedient to the law, and that they all had a great amount of faith in Jesus. While these are certainly good traits to have, there was a problem. Of the ten men who were healed by Jesus, only one of them took the time to come back to Jesus and thank Him. What happened to the other nine men? Were they not thankful for their healing? Were they not happy that they could now go back to living with their friends and families after being declared clean? Most likely, these men were both thankful and happy that they were healed, yet they still did not thank Jesus. Perhaps they thought they deserved to be healed because of their faith, so they believed no thanks was necessary, or maybe they figured that since Jesus was God He already knew they were thankful and therefore they did not need to actually say thank you to Him. It is even possible that the men reasoned that they had too much to do now that they were healed that they simply did not think they had time to thank Jesus at that moment but decided they would thank Him later. Any of these scenarios could explain the actions of the nine men.
How often do we, like the nine lepers, make excuses for not thanking God? We all receive blessings from Him every single day. Every breath we take is a blessing from God. Every day we and our families are fed and safe is a blessing from God. There are many rationales people use for not stopping to thank God, and some of them are even the same excuses the lepers above might have used. While God does not demand that we thank Him for these blessings and does not keep score of when we thank Him, the appropriate response from us should be thankfulness. We should constantly thank and praise Him, not just for the things He has given us, but also for the things He has not given us. Since God knows so much more about what is good for us then we do, if He has decided not to give us something that we have asked for there must be a really good reason behind it and therefore we should thank Him for protecting us in that way. If we go into each day with a thankful heart and a thankful spirit, how much better will all of our days be? Spend some time today thanking God for the numerous blessings He has given you. Even though He already knows you are thankful in your heart, saying thank you to Him is still the appropriate response.
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